Pretty Happy

I recently started reading Kate Hudson’s book, Pretty Happy, and was drawn to a point she made about setting goals.

She said, “I think it’s important at the beginning of any journey to understand two things: where you are now and where you want to go. Your motivation and your ability to persevere despite obstacles is only going to hold and grow if you can be honest about these 2 points.

What I love about this is that she doesn’t suggest we need to decide on a destination or that success will only be achieved if we arrive somewhere specific or achieve something concrete. A successful journey, she explains, relies solely on our ability to consistently notice where we are and where we want to go.

I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the specifics of a destination. We want numbers, we want dates, we want places, because the way we see it, once we have those, we give ourselves a better chance of reaching that end goal. But you see, destinations can and will change, either by your hands or those of fate, and what makes Kate Hudson’s two points so strong is their fluidity. For no matter what obstacles are put in front of you or how many wrong turns you make, if you remember to note where you are and where you want to go, you can always get back on track.

So in your own journey, don’t focus so heavily on setting an ultimate “destination”, because a healthy journey is not about reaching perfection, it’s about constantly striving for progress.

 

 

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