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What I Learned from a Road Trip- 3 Principles for Successful Goal-Setting

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo
As I began my drive from Denver, CO, to Las Vegas, NV, I was excited and ready for the change that was to take place. I had spent the previous three days packing up my studio apartment, and was anxiously awaiting the day I would hop in the moving truck and arrive in Vegas.
However, this is hardly how a road trip actually works. We all know that the excitement of the trip before it begins slowly fades as the miles stack up. As I sat in the drivers seat of the truck, I began to think about the correlation of a accomplishing a road trip to setting and achieving a goal.
Are they similar? What about a road trip matches the ideas of goal-setting?
1. Finishing what we are so excited to start- Why road trips work, and goal-setting hardly does.

"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits." -Richard M. Nixon

When we are about to embark on a road trip, we are very excited. The same is true for setting goals. As we set our goals, we are energized, ready to take on what we know we can accomplish with some hard work. However, as soon as the trip begins, the realization that it's going to be a long journey starts to settle. We begin to second guess our decisions to drive instead of fly, to visit our brother for his graduation instead of hang out with friends, etc. 
This is exactly how goal-setting works. 
When setting a goal, you are excited and ready for the bright future ahead. However, when you wake up the next morning to bills, work, the real world, that energy and vision begins to diminish. What would it look like if we could continue that vision day in and day out? What would it look like if we could keep our aims and desires to become better top-of-mind?
This is why the YIELD Mastermind Group is, and will continue to be, successful. We refocus our goals, desires, dreams, etc. every two weeks. And on top of that, each member has actions that they are committed to completing during the week to reach these goals. It is IMPERATIVE to keep these goals top of mind to keep that energy and drive available to achieve what we set out to achieve.
2. It's about the journey, not the destination.
"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." - Arthur Ashe
Most of us have heard the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson where he states that life is a journey, not a destination. This was very apparent in my mind as I drove across the western United States, which has some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. 
As I drove through Colorado and the Rockies, through Utah and the beautiful national parks, I realized that sometimes the longer, more mindful route in worth its extra cost.
This is the same in regards to goal-setting. Everyone sets their goals and would love nothing more than to magical have them completed. However, nothing is learned from this mindset. If you set a goal and it was to take a year's time to complete, just think about how much is learned and experienced over that year time span. What do you go through mentally? How much growth is involved? What can happen in a year?
It's very important that along our journeys to reach our dreams we stop and survey the good we have around us.
There is much to be learned from the journey, and it's up to you to take it all in.
3. The trip doesn't end once the destination is reached- Keep moving!
"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." -Bill Bradley
You've hit your goal! What a great feeling. Even if it's just a small, incremental goal, take the time to celebrate it. However, once you've reached your goal/waypoint, there is usually something further in the distance that relates to your BIG goals.
As I pulled up to Las Vegas in the big moving truck, I was relieved and excited that the trip was completed. I pulled into the driveway expecting a glowing light to surround me and trumpets to be playing as I got out of the truck and went straight to the promised land of my comfortable bed. What a nice idea. However, when I pulled up to the house, the journey was far from over.
My dad came outside ready to help me unpack the truck after my thirteen hour drive, and I was unprepared. Once the unpacking was done, it felt great! Two goals accomplished in one day! Then a few days later I had to pack up my stuff and fly back to Denver, just to embark on another long trip from Colorado to Chicago. 
This taught me a lot about setting and achieving goals. It's a great feeling to set out to achieve something and complete it. Not a lot of people are that intentional to make something like that happen. But it's that same intentionality that helps us move on to the next goal and tackle that one. 
As long as we have a "why" that continues to propel us forward, setting and achieving goals is something that is necessary in our daily lives.
Remember: Don't let your energy and excitement about your goals die out. Pay attention to the journey along the way to achieving your goals. Lastly, continue that forward movement.
Here's a nice picture of me and my mom during the trip- had to give her a shoutout for helping me make the journey!
P.S. Thanks mom for helping me make the journey!
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