There’s a lot of content and advice about how to achieve your goals. What steps you should take and how to never give up in the process of completing the things you want to accomplish. But what I haven’t seen much of is advice on what to do once you’ve reached a goal.
Sure, you can always be setting new goals and reaching higher to achieve new things, but what if you’re not sure what to do next, but don’t want to complacent with where you are. In other words, how do you continue to grow and set yourself up for success, when you’re not sure where you want to go next.
One year ago, my goal was to move out of my hometown, live in a new place and be location independent. It took a while, but I’m finally happy to say that I actually achieved that goal. Two months ago, I came to Bali, and have been spending my time here are in other parts of Asia ever since. I’ve got a few clients under my belt and am working on new projects that I feel really goo about.
My goal which seemed nothing more than a wish or a pipe dream at the time is now my reality. And although I’m so happy with my decision, it boasts the question of..
I’m thrilled with my life as it is, but I don’t want to get complacent.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to avoid complacency and continuing to grow, while still recognizing that I’ve made tremendous strides from where I used to be. It hasn’t been easy to balance those two thoughts. A lot of times, when I’m feeling frustrated stagnant, I have to remind myself to stop and look around me. It’s an instant reality check.
It also got me thinking a lot about how I’ve become very hard to please. I’m always asking what’s next and always looking for “more.” Is it possible to get to a point where you feel right about where you are and don’t want to move any further? I think I’d love to get to that place, but does that place equal complacency? I haven’t found the answer yet.
Of course, there’s always room for growth, but how long are we allowed to bask in the glory of our achievements before setting the next milestone?
Here are a few things I do when I achieve something I’ve been working hard towards, were I don’t want to set another goal immediately.
Take a break and say “I did it!” Even if that just means going out to a nice dinner or putting my phone away and sitting on a beach for a few hours. I try and take time to reflect on the accomplishment.
Set a timeline.
If you want to take some time to bask in your current achievement, that’s great. To avoid complacency, I set a timetable for how long I want to soak up my current situation before looking ahead. Maybe that means that your next goal is to maintain your current lifestyle for another year and then reassess.
Create a maintenance plan.
My last big goal required me buying a one-way ticket and just go. But of course, it’ll take more than that to maintain my new lifestyle. So even if I don’t have another big goal in mind, my goal now is to figure out how to manage this current lifestyle longterm.
Try new things.
If you feel stuck now that you’ve achieved your goal, it might be a perfect time to try some new things, and gain new experiences so that you have new things to work towards. There are always new things to be learned and new skills to be had, and all it takes is going out there and doing them.
Regardless of what your goals are how long it takes you to achieve them, there’s always going to be a time where you’re wondering what to do next. For me, as long as I stay grounded and intentional in the goals I’m setting and the actions I’m taking, I’ve found new ways to stimulate growth and aim even higher. I might not always know what those things are, but I’m still seeking them out and looking for new ways to feel good about the things I achieve.