You are quite... becoming

While Alice is in charge of doing most of the research of quotes and posting for "Daily Dose", every now and then I come upon a maxim that speaks volumes by itself and yet invites application for today.

For instance, recently I came upon this quote from Henry David Thoreau: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." It makes me think of how often people make resolutions (at New Year's, when turning 30 or 60, etc.) and what happens when the goal is thwarted by some distraction, weakness or "second thought."

What's vital is to remember that the process of goal-setting can be truly liberating. You are in a real sense seeing beyond what you are now into a future that looks and feels better- otherwise, you wouldn't be setting the goal in the first place. You are... becoming. In evolutionary terms, we've graduated from lizard brains to the limbic system to the amazing 3 lbs that we have now between our temples . Trouble is, the lizard brain doesn't know what delayed gratification is and the limbic system is all about emotions and memory.

But when you place a good higher than other things, your "stretching" for that goal becomes you. In a nut shell, this is what coaching is about:

holding up the best of you

reminding you it is true and real

and then assisting you in formulating concrete steps to reach your goals.