Happiness isn’t about achievement. It’s about alignment.
When you know how to align your daily actions around your ideal goal, you experience more joy and purpose on a daily basis.
What happens in your brain after you achieve your goal?
But what happens after that goal is achieved?
The low after the high
Stop buying into the lie that happiness is on
the other side of achievement.
Goal setting works, but only until the goal is accomplished
Many people are familiar with concepts like setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and breaking large goals into smaller more manageable steps to get things done.
These systems are very effective in helping people set goals and work toward them, but as long as our internal systems keep breaking down those dopamine reward systems as soon as the goal is achieved, we will keep buying into the lie that happiness is living just out of sight over the next hill.
The I GOT This Framework
At The Ideal Life, we teach a framework of goal setting that brings in a higher goal than winning a gold medal at the Olympics, being a billionaire, or any other achievement you can accomplish in your lifetime.
The ultimate goal is The Ideal.
I - Ideal
The ideal is the fixed, unmoving star that every other pursuit in your life revolves around. It is the impact and legacy you leave in the world long after you are gone and the perfect picture of the kind of life you want to lead. You will learn how to identify your ideal and how to structure your other goals – regardless of how lofty or small they are – to be in alignment with your ideal.
G - Goals
Goals come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Some are things you can do within the next 3 months, but others might take the rest of your life to accomplish. The key thing here is that each goal is aligned with your ideal. This brings deep purpose to accomplishment and keeps the dopamine reward system intact even after accomplishing what you set out to achieve
O - Objectives
T - Tasks
Once your Ideals, Goals, Objectives, and Tasks are all aligned, the “THIS” is whatever comes next. Many of us fill our task lists with things in the “THIS” category and try to cross them off as fast as we can like a game of whack-a-mole. With a dopamine reward system always intact, you will find you have a “spillover effect” that has a consistent level of motivation for whatever “THIS” is in your life.
“There’s no such thing as perfect. There’s only the relentless pursuit of perfection.”
– Tom Brady