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.”