How often have you set new goals to actually end up not achieving them? If you’re like most people, it’s not even worth thinking about.

 

What usually happens is that we create our grand plans, get excited about them and make a few of the changes in our lives. And then sometime later we realize we’ve slipped back into old habits and routines.

Luckily, we can turn to the teachings of Buddhism to learn more about setting goals and achieving them.

Buddhism has become more popular in the West in recent decades as it helps take a focus away from goals to live more mindfully in the present. You would think Buddhism doesn’t have much to say about achieving goals.

That’s why we’ve written this article, to share a different perspective. When you consider the teachings of Buddhism, it’s possible to bring together a focus on living the moment with making progress in achieving your goals.

With the new year having arrived, now’s the time to embrace this perspective so you can achieve your goals while living mindfully in the present.

The Problem with Goals

What usually happens is that we set clearly defined goals with deadlines, defining the actions we need to take to achieve them. We end up focusing on the goals, shifting our focus to the future.

This is what brings forth anxiety, as we constantly are reminded of how far away we are from reaching our goals. We end up losing motivation and the whole process of moving towards our goals invariably falls apart.

We end up coming up with new goals and new action plans, and the whole thing just repeats itself over and over. It’s crazy – and as Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Be Clear On Your Core Values

Before setting goals, you need to understand what your core values are. What do you stand for? What are the most important things in your life?

Vales are things like love, security, adventure, passion and success. Once you’re clear on your values, you’re able to make decisions about what to do with your life.

It’s important to understand that other people can’t decide your values for you. We’re all different, and that’s why it’s difficult to just read online about what to do. It’s about self-inquiry and figuring this out on your own.

As Mahatma Ghandhi once said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Shift From A Goal Mindset To A Value Mindset

One you have your values established, think about the goals you’ve had and ask yourself why you want to achieve them. What is the result of the goals that is aligned with your values?

How do you want to feel when you’ve achieved your goals?

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nibbana ( Nirvana (Sanskrit, also nirvāṇa; Pali: nibbana, nibbāna ) is the earliest and most common term used to describe the goal of the Buddhist path. )
    There is no security in the world of changing forms as long as the mind is clinging to them. Only through the utter ending of craving can one attain Supreme Security. We have seen that according to both the Seers the cause of the suffering of the individual is craving. And they both declare that we have to look to that very cause in order to account for social disharmony. It is because of craving that an individual or group of individuals try to dominate another individual or group of individuals. We thus have private and organised exploitation. Then again, obstructed or frustrated craving leads to hate and anger and these in their turn lead to conflicts, wars, and mutual destruction. The ending of craving will therefore also put an end to social chaos. The problem of securing social harmony is of course more urgent than the problem of ending craving in the minds of the individual. And it can not be ignored until every individual attains Nibbana.
    Meher Baba <3