What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. You will not be the same person when you achieve your goal. When you set goals, you naturally focus on the result. If you pay attention to the desired path to get there, however, the value you gain from achieving the goal is not just about the reward of accomplishment. “The journey is the reward” (Chinese proverb)
The process of achieving your goal and the experience you have gained will have changed you. Two years ago, I set a goal of going back to school and receiving my Associates degree in Science. After not being in school for 15 years, I finally took the baby steps I needed in achieving my goals. Thanks to the changed I decided to make in my life, I know that; I can truly reach my goals. By pointing myself in the right direction while taking the baby steps, I need to follow my dreams and achieve them. Each day I am making progress even though I have not yet receive my degree as long as I stick to the plan I will succeed.
Like Thoreau say’s in the quote I mentioned in this essay. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”. This is true; because once you achieve a goal you will not be the same person you were when you set out to take the steps. Most people tend to call it a journey to the top. Goal setting is a powerful tool for personal development.