The Order of Goals
One of the great frustrations we have in life is in thinking that we will find fulfillment from only financial success. Jim Carrey once said, “I hope everyone achieves their goals and becomes rich so they can discover that it doesn’t make them happy either.” I don’t think being broke makes us happy, but I also don’t think just being rich makes us happy.
I think there is an order to the goals we pursue that leads to fulfillment. The four categories of goal pursuit can be thought of as the four bases on a baseball diamond. Home plate represents your professional goals. I enjoy baseball. If you watch even a single game, you recognize that people don’t score runs by jumping up and down on home plate. They score runs by making it around the bases in the right order. The order of the bases goes like this…
First base — First base represents your psychological goals. Psyche means soul. Your goals in this area relate to the fulfillment of your inner being. You need to be psychologically well in order to be balanced in your life. Your mental, emotional, and internal drive should be to find meaning and purpose.
Second base — Second base represents your physical goals. At the end of your life, you wish for more time, more physical well-being. Taking care of yourself through diet, exercise, and physical movement brings a sense of pride in who you are and how you look. Set movement goals in order to keep the feeling of health.
Third base — Third base represents your personal and relational goals. Life is much more fulfilling when it is filled with the people we love and care about. Set goals for building the relationships that matter! Go on vacation. Go on dates. Have friends. Set goals to spend time with the kind of people that build you up.
Home — Home plate represents your professional goals. We do find meaning in building our success in life. What we contribute to the world in exchange for income is often what we will be remembered for. Pick a career that has meaning, that provides for yourself and your loved ones, and pursue greatness in that career. You will find your harmony and your joy when you round the bases and head into home.
You don’t score runs by only going to a single base in life. You have to round the entire goal diamond to find the fulfillment and the success you desire. Don’t settle for a single, a double, or even just a triple. Hit those home runs consistently by rounding the bases in the right order.