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Tonight, after a day of working at home, I have a much anticipated game of table tennis in town. My goal is to become one fifth as good as the legendary matriarch known as “G” in Nashville…

Sometimes I have S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound). This is fine and applicable to certain things like “Become good enough at table tennis to win every fifth match I play against G by June” is specific, measurable, attainable (hopefully?), relevant to my skills and there’s a time limit for when I can achieve it.

There are lots of theories about goals, the evidence behind the success rate of different techniques used when trying to achieve a goal or whether goals are needed at all… I think the best thing is for each individual to try what works for them and try one technique at a time and evaluate whether it went well or not.

I think it’s nice to have a goal just to have a sense of direction, but just because you are headed in one direction doesn’t mean you can’t change course along the way. Some people think they want to be actresses but backstage they realize their passion for costume design. It’s OK to have goals and it’s ok not to, it’s OK to make your goals S.M.A.R.T. and it’s cool if they aren’t. Most of the best things I’ve achieved I’ve recently realized have more to do with me following my passion and then putting time and effort into loving it and showing that I care about it… Not so S.M.A.R.T. maybe, but hey your sister’s got a pretty nice life so far!

Hope school and work stuff is fun today! また、明日ね💕