Anyone who has kids or has been a kid has heard this line before. A journey can be tedious when we have a point A and a point B, but no sense of direction on how we plan to get there. There are times you might even be unsure if you ever made it.
I started a blog last week about going after your dreams. For me, Katy Lee, that dream is following the road to publication. But that road is not going to be the same for me as it will be for you. It will not be the same distance for one writer compared to another. Even the directions one writer takes will vary across the map. But one thing every writer will have, are various milestones they each must pass through before reaching their final destination.
The ancient Romans were famous for their beautiful and well-built roads. In fact, many of these roads can still be used today. But something that made the Roman roads so unique is that no one ever had to ask, “Are we there, yet?” Because along the roads, the Romans put up stone pillars and carved into them the distance between towns. A traveler on a Roman road could look at these milestones and know exactly how much farther they had to go.
They could celebrate when they reached the halfway mark. They could rest up when they knew they had a long stretch ahead of them, and when they were exhausted and ready to quit, they could look at their milestones to see just how far they had come. And when they reached their destination, there was no doubt in their minds they had made it.
They could do all these things because their milestones had been written down.
The Unlocked Secret: We all have goals we need to attain in order to reach our destination, but if we don’t write them down, we won’t be able to see how far we’ve come. We won’t be able to celebrate the small victories. And worse, if we don’t know how much farther we have to go, we might quit before we ever get there.
So how do you keep track of your goals? And what do you do to celebrate when you’ve completed them?