Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Post Goal Depression

Have you ever worked towards something big? You waited on a certain date, or certain accomplishment. You just had to make it to that big event. It could be a goal you were striving to reach, a big race, graduation, maybe the birth of a baby... something big. You counted down the days.

Finally the big day was here. How exciting! You ran your race, got your degree, gave birth... and afterwards felt elated to have completed the big goal!

My daughter and I, moments after she was born

And then what?

You reach your goal, the excitement has worn off, and you feel a little letdown. I know every time I graduate I have kind of the same experience.

Some people deal with it by setting a new goal. If you finish the big race, quickly go put another one on the calendar! However, if you just had a baby, planning the next baby is probably not the best idea...

Have you ever dealt with this? What helped?

I recently reached a big goal, and I'm amazingly proud, and very glad I did it... but I'm going through the "Now what?" stage. My life hasn't really changed a lot yet. My house didn't clean itself. The clouds didn't part with a ray of sunshine shining down on me, making me tan, my goal weight, and doing my roots. My kids continued to challenge me.

So, life goes on. I have a new goal already.

Have you ever experience "post goal depression"? How did you deal with it? I would love to hear your thoughts...

1 comment:

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

No great insight here except allow yourself some time to reflect and set a new goal to start reaching for and working towards.