“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
Known better as Bill Copeland, he was an Australian Test cricket match umpire and a member of the Victorian police force. While I don’t completely understand the rules of cricket, I do understand the sentiment expressed in the quote above. Think about it. If you don’t have an end destination in mind, how can you know if you are going in the right direction? How can you know when you achieved something? How can you know when you have won? Without having a concrete goal in mind, you’re simply going through the motions.
Even if you never share those goals with anyone else, it’s a good idea to have them in the back of your mind as you strive to better yourself in some way or another. This is also why it is positively critical that you set S.M.A.R.T. goals. They need to be specific, they need to be measurable, they need to be relevant, and perhaps most importantly of all, they need to have a timeframe in mind. Saying that you want to “lose 10 pounds,” but not defining a deadline doesn’t give much value to that goal.
Yes, smell the flowers. Yes, enjoy the game. But while you are running up and down the field, remember why you are doing it and what it is that you are trying to achieve.