What To Do When You Reach Your Goal

The Prize, and what to do when you reach your goalYou set a goal so you get the prize at the end of your struggle. The harder your struggle the bigger your prize. This week I got a big prize from a hard struggle and it felt great. Made me want to dance around and shout GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!

Like a spanish-speaking soccer announcer, I wanted to draw out the scoring of the goal as long as I could. To really feel the win, and honor the struggle.

The High

Luckily I was in the right place to do this. For about 30 seconds Saturday night, at the National Speakers Association annual convention opening session, the world revolved around me. The announcer pronounced my name right, I climbed the stage, the committee chair draped a medal around my neck, and the president shook my hand while the photographer stepped in to capture the moment. I received the highest earned designation they have to give, the CSP – Certified Speaking Professional award.

It was the culmination of 6 years of work and a grueling application process. I had to submit an hour-long video and be judged by a panel of CSP holders, charged with determining whether I was good enough to become one of them.

The celebration started the moment they called my name, and lasted four days. They insisted that my 41 new best friends and I wear our medals throughout the entire conference, and told all 2000 attendees to honor our accomplishment.

A Manic Impressive dream – to have hundreds of people come up to congratulate you and start a conversation.

The Crash

But even as I was drinking it all in and savoring the win, I knew it was all going to end. The convention would wrap, everyone would head to the airport, and like the host at the end of a rocking house party, all the guests would leave and I would be all alone again with a mess to clean up.

The crash from a high that great would come, and it wouldn’t be easy coming down.

So now I sit all alone, my new best friends scattered, the phone quiet. I’m back to being just me. Now what?

Begin With The Feelings

You met your goal and the party’s over. Now what? Yes, time to set new goals. But first, it’s important to recall the feelings you had at the start of your goal.

Remember the nervous excitement of thinking you might, just might, be able to reach this one. Remember why you chose to go after it. What it would do for your career. What it would do for your self-esteem and your confidence.

Now think back to all the times you doubted yourself. Those dark moments when you didn’t think you would follow through, when you thought you’d find a way to sabotage yourself. When you thought others wouldn’t think you were talented enough to deserve your prize.

Preparing For The Dark Thoughts

You had them before and you will have them again. Whatever you set your sights on this time, know that you will have to  come up against your demons. They will set upon you when you are tired, weak, and full of self-doubt.

But this time you have some proof. The goal you achieved proves you are talented and disciplined enough to earn another prize. Your resilience will pull you through the darkness of self-doubt, and you will come out the other side with more than you had before you started.

You accomplished this goal and you will accomplish the next one. You just won’t know what it will look or feel like when you do. All your problems won’t magically disappear. You will have to drag them along with you as you crest the next hill on your life’s journey.

The New Struggle For The Next Goal

You’ll get an incredible view for a few moments, then you’ll drop back down into the forest for a while as you struggle to mount the next peak. You may not see the sun for a while, you may slog through mud, mosquitoes and poison oak, and the view may be crap for a bit.

But if you keep moving, one step at a time, you’ll reach a higher peak. You’ll dip down again, struggle in the muck, then reach another, even higher peak. You’ll do this repeatedly until you’re too old and frail for the trudge.

In time, you’ll look back and be amazed at all you achieved despite your flaws and weaknesses.

And that, my Manic Impressive friends, will be your biggest prize.

 

14 thoughts on “What To Do When You Reach Your Goal”

  1. Bravo Arambomb for achieving your latest goal. Job well done! You alluded to “the crash” and rightfully so, as it’s very common to feel a bit down/depressed post achievement. The great news is with another goal in mind, you can work towards something else that suits you and brings you more feelings of joy and accomplishment as you journey through life. We need to live each day with all the stuff that makes us who we are, and have some satisfaction in doing so. We only get one life to live (unless you’re a cat!) so GO FOR IT!

    1. Thanks Ardemis. I got through the crash with a big to-do list.Ive got a lot of work ahead. But the trudge through Epcot and Disneyworld is making me forget the crash – my feet are sore!

  2. Great Job Aram, I know how hard you have worked and am amazed the way you tackle your goal, and set new ones. You are a very special in that you have lots of experience and foresight that allows you to see things as most people can’t. You are on the right track, and will reap greater fortune from the extra hard work and effort. Keep going. I am proud of you.
    Your long time friend….Steve

    1. Thank you Steve. Good to have long-term friends like you. We met when I was 18, and now I’m…well never mind. Thanks for the congrats…

  3. WOW! Congratulations making this dream come true. I know a bit by what you have told me the immense amount of work that went into making this accomplishment a reality. Truly inspiring for all of us Manic Impressives when one of use makes a summit.
    Way to go and thanks for sharing this epic achievement so that we may vicariously enjoy it!

  4. Congratulations Aram! What an incredible accomplishment. You have always been an incredible inspiration and this accomplishment is one more-thank you for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!! Lucy

  5. Aram,

    I am very proud of you and this well earned accomplishment. I know it means a lot to you, so to those who support you…It means a lot to all of us!

    …and yes, savor it..(as Michael G says)…for as as long as you can! Remembering these moments will help you navigate in the future, as you move toward your next big win!

    Scott

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