When you reach your goal, this is definitely when we need to first celebrate and savor in the moment of glory. This is something we should not miss.
Secondly, we need to appreciate what we or others did to help make the goal achievable. Very few journeys are journeys of one. Sometimes upon reflection we realize others helped shape us and made contributions in ways we could not imagine. This might be the high school teacher, the motivational speaker, the neighbor down the road who always gave you a smile.
Thirdly , once the momentum of arrival and completion has slowed, I believe we need to ask ourselves some questions relating to the accomplishment of the goal. Making an immediate evaluation of what we have done has some value, but when the goal or achievement is monumental, I think taking a few weeks to ponder this might be the best choice.
- Is your achievement as you expected?
- What lessons did you learn?
- What if anything would you do different?
- What in this specific achievement might be the lesson that is the first step on the next journey?
- Who else might you thank?
- Is there anyone who might be encouraged or educated, who is working towards similar goals?
Today the 1000 day sea project reaches it's destination. While the journey has been unique and offbeat, this might be a good a perfect timely example of how one needs to handle an achievement.