There are times when after all you’ve accomplished, all you’ve achieved, how hard you’ve struggled leaves you feel empty, worn out, and just plain done. What could possibly make you feel that way when you’ve succeeded even beyond these goals and dreams? Perhaps you didn’t really have clear and defined goals in the first place. If you don’t know exactly why you struggled or what exactly you were aiming for you could be wondering what you just did and why. A goal without a definition isn’t really a goal at all, it’s a task, maybe a task you wouldn’t have taken on if you’d looked closely at the pluses and minuses and all the choices available. Some tasks are unavoidable, such as the tasks involving work and daily living; a reasonable goal with these is to get them done. Some goals are assigned to you by others, or someone, possibly a family member or mentor, might have made a suggestion. These are not goals you should invest yourself in completely unless you’ve taken a look at them and want to achieve them for your own benefit. Others’ input is not always needed and can lead you astray if you’re not careful to look at all aspects of a suggestion. A real goal should stretch you a little, make you work a little, but not eviscerate you, body and soul. Unless you’d like to end up like the tree above it might be a good idea to take charge of your own potential goals and make sure that you apply self-knowledge to help decide which goal(s) to attempt. If you’ve attempted to reach a goal and find that continuing to persevere is more than you can easily sustain, don’t feel badly about giving it up; go on to a more appropriate goal for you. For which would you rather be – desiccated and drained or on the road to fulfilling your own goals step by step?