Goals can give a context within which I live my life. For a long time, my main goal was survival. Then, it morphed into the desire for wholeness. Occasionally, I’ve had a weight loss goal. Some new years, I’ve made a resolution or two. How well I stuck to those resolutions varied.
Are you goal-driven? Are you curiosity-driven? Are you intuitively guided? Something else? All of the above? Recently, I listened to a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert and she admitted to being curiosity-driven…that following her curiosities is not only the way that she writes books, it is the way that she lives her life. Interesting. Adventurous for sure!
If I’m honest with myself, I would say that setting a goal and achieving it in material terms, hasn’t been my forte. Recently, there has been a change in the circumstances of my life. I am now responsible for the maintenance of my little cottage. As a direct result of that change, I’ve started saving money. It’s a high priority on the goals list that I jotted down on January 1st, 2020.
I was thinking about the word aspiration as compared to the word, goal. One definition of aspiration is “a desire or ambition for which someone is motivated to work very hard.” To aspire to something isn’t quite the same as setting a goal. Designing a plan to reach that to which you aspire implies that you have now set a goal.
I don’t consider that I’m goal-driven in the sense that our culture appears to–acquiring things. I decide on what’s in front of me to do next. I don’t follow my curiosity as much as I’d like to except when I am painting. And that curiosity calls forth my intuition as a work of art evolves.
Anyway, following is this short video by Elizabeth Gilbert on purpose, passion and curiosity. I would add that besides being curious, she is also goal-oriented. She works with a publisher and has a contract to write a certain number of books.