Recently I accepted a challenge to use a specific literary device (antimetabole) to describe my approach to goal setting and achievement. An antimetabole takes a phrase and then reverses the order of the words in the phrase. I searched for a bit on the internet, trying to find the right sentiment, but nothing seemed to fit.

You see, I believe that giving life to your goals strengthens motivation. This is done through visualization and answering some vitally important questions:

  • Why do you want to achieve your goal?
  • What would it look like to achieve your goal?
  • What would it sound like?
  • What would it feel like?
  • What does this goal mean to you?

For me, thoroughly exploring the answers to those questions increases motivation and resilience when working on our goals.

I also believe that the journey to reaching our goals is often as important as the goals themselves.

So I wrote an antimetabole to describe the essence of my thinking about successful goal setting:

Success is not about the goals in your life, but the life in your goals.

What do you think?

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