I used to be like you. Yes, you.
Sitting in front of your computer; trapped within a black mirror; living life through a lens; chained to fictional fantasies; playing the virtual game of life.
And for the most part I still am. It is hard to escape from the technology that we rely so heavily upon, that gives us endless enjoyment and none of the calories.
However, I no longer derive satisfaction or a sense of achievement from the arbitrary numbers some software assigns to me. Yes, computer games and the like.
Does that make me any better than you? Of course not.
I simply decided that I wanted to create something in this life, achieve something more meaningful than…some level in some game, or some number in some account.
Do you have an urge to make something of yourself?
Make something with your own hands? Create something new and exciting? Push your body and mind to the limits?
Maybe you tried and failed, and so you find solace in grinding up some numbers and gaining endorphins when you pwn some noob online.
Or maybe you’re struggling to make something of yourself, battling to make ends meet. And sometimes you need to switch on the telly and not think for a while.
And that’s perfectly alright.
Or perhaps your job is so fulfilling that you needn’t turn to anything else to fuel your sense of achievement.
Ah, who am I kidding?
Sure, you’ve got commitments and bills and soccer practice and that holiday you’ve been saving up for.
When was the last time you achieved a goal you set for yourself?
I gave myself a goal: before I turn 30, I want to be ranked within the top 30 in a competitive sports event. 30 before 30, get it?
While the result itself is nothing to brag about (really need to improve my run), my point is that I managed to achieve my goal!
Was it a particularly easy goal? Maybe.
Who does triathlons these days? So lame. Uh…lots of people?
Was I remotely happier that I achieved something I set out to do? Definitely yes.
How did you feel when you achieved your goal?
It’s also good to do an assessment after reaching a goal.
Almost sounds like school.
Well, how did you feel?
Achieve a small goal. Feel a little better. Achieve a bigger goal. Feel much win! Er, right?
Supposedly, but sometimes you’ll need to take a moment to reflect. Think about what you achieved and was it worth it? Should you continue?
I know I will. This is but a small stepping stone.
And perhaps if you keep working at these small goals, one day who knows what you’ll have achieved?
Sometimes doing mini quests does contribute to the main quest – if the main story is about you and your life.
So make it count. Start today.
If I can do it, so can you.