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Tips: Get in on the pursuit of meaningful goals

The road may be littered with failures but the right goals will keep you movingImage Credit: Supplied

A farmer had a dog which used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one would come, the dog would run down the road, bark and try to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer, “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

Like the dog, some people pursue meaningless goals in life in the same fashion. Anyone can set a goal; however, most give up on it easily simply because they have not successfully accomplished what they wanted to happen.

Remember, it is our philosophy and values that shape our behaviors and motives in life. For example, if one of your career motives is to just earn money, then morality and ethics will not carry any meaning to you. If your philosophy in life is self-centered and selfish, then famine, drought and people’s misery anywhere in the world will not carry any significance to you. It then follows that your efforts and goals will only focus on superficial things like buying the latest car model, designer clothes and jewelry.

Thus, it is important not only to have goals, but “meaningful goals” which can actually shape your life. There is pressure to accomplish a lot of things, but always consider your goals that will add happiness and fulfillment in your career and personal life.

Many of us invest most of our time to meet our daily necessities and we often neglect our passions and what is really important to us. Abandoned goals often turn into life regrets especially in one’s professional career decisions.

Set meaningful and attainable goals. Take baby steps to accomplish each and check your progress, then celebrate success.
Handy Hints:

• Our philosophy and values shape our behaviors and motives

• Consider goals that will add happiness and joy in your career

• Take each day one step at a time and then celebrate success

For more tips on pursuing goals click here.

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company