Stephan De Villiers, quoting Anthony Robbins:
Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long run. It’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfilment.
Stephan then goes on to say:
Therefore goals are never an end in itself. Many people lack a sense of fulfilment when achieving goals, because the role goals play, is distorted to something it was never meant to be. This is why many people abandon the whole discipline of setting and achieving goals, denying them one of the most powerful tools to achieve real success when used correctly
This is a great reminder to keep goals as servant rather than master in our lives. And Stephan’s post does a great job of getting into the details of how we can make the most of goals in our lives.