Yesterday I found myself thinking about my vision for the future. What do I want to do after I get this degree. After I become a dentist, what next? It was then that I realized, that I had stopped dreaming.
I hadn’t really given it much thought. I had gotten so lost in mess and struggle of becoming a dentist that I never thought of figuring out what is next. Not only that, but the fact that I will be a dentist was hardly ever in my mind. What I was thinking about was just making it through the day, or that class or that ward round. Not really having the big picture in mind.
I guess that happens to most of us. We set goals, and as we are working towards achieving them, we lose sight of them and get lost in the nitty gritty of it all. Especially long term goals.
So the question is, what is the solution?
Is it to set short term goals within the larger goal?
Is it to keep reminding ourselves of the goal at hand?
Is it to set completely new goals?
I guess it can be a combination of all of the above. I think it is important to keep in mind where you are going, otherwise how will you know when you get there. Its easy to get lost in the journey. So remind yourself why you chose that career, why you are studying for that degree, why you are in that job. Write about it, look at pictures of it, keep it in your mind. That way the tough times will be easier to manage.
Short term goals must be set, to keep your motivation up, so that you are always working towards something.
When it comes to setting completely goals you need to have a concrete reason for abandoning your old ones. Only then can you be absolutely sure of what direction to take. Its too easy to give up on one thing you thought you were passionate about and take up something else just because you have lost interest. You need to know why you have lost interest and if you really have. Once you are sure you are ready to move on, find that new focus and set those goals.
Having said all that, I am still working on this myself. Just wanted to let you know that you can achieve your dreams and attain your goals. You just need to remember what they are and work towards them.