Been wondering as of late about what happens after reaching a goal. I always know that it is going to happen once a goal is complete or you crossed that finish line in a race. Post-goal blues kick in. You run out of steam just at the end. And as a result, you are stuck afterwards. The bigger the goal, the harder the fall. Don’t get me wrong, rest does do you the world of good. But if there is no new thing dragging you along after all is said and done, the narrative gets stuck. And before you know it a new habit has taken hold of you. It sort of creeps up on you even if you see it coming a mile away.
But if there is no new thing dragging you along after all is said and done, the narrative gets stuck.
The first day of post-goal blues are the worst for me. A kind of guilt takes the place that your now finished goal has occupied in your head and your heart. You convince yourself that you earned the time off. And rightfully so. No worthy goal can be reached without significant time and effort. But some where between the second and third day of this narrative in your head, something happens. You become complacent and before you know it, more than a week has passed. There are ways to still stay awesome and keep on moving, here's how;
Move beyond your goal, before you get there: Find a goal, any goal, before you reach your current one. And commit to it. Even if it is just adding it to your calendar.
Follow one big goal, with two less daunting goals: No one can keep going at 100% and not loose interest at some point. You have to fall in love with what you are doing, having a look at the view is a great way of achieving this. Not to be confused with standing still though.
Have a goal buddy: Best if this goal buddy is aiming for a different goal than you, and the reasons are simple. You both will be more interested in discussing your progress about your goals. Because the conversation will be unique and the learning as a result better. That and no one likes to get ADD while attempting something difficult.
Let me know, how do you prevent getting stuck??