You can’t achieve it and be finished.
It’s a desirable state, and a good thing to want – but it’s not enough to help you achieve it.
With desirable-state-to-achieve-and-maintain type “goals” like this, it’s helpful first to acknowledge that you will never be able to tick it off. Same goes with the following:
“Be a good friend and family member.”
“Keep the house liveable.”
“Have enough fun.”
“Keep growing spiritually.”
“Have a meaningful career.”
“Make a contribution to my neighbourhood.”
“Achieve financial security.”
These ‘state’ goals need specific, actionable, “did I do it or not?” sub-goals in order to be maintained – usually about how you spend your time.* If you make good sub-goals, achieve them, and set further goals regularly, you’re much more likely to achieve them.
*I heard someone recently talk about turning goals into time (Dave Allen?), and that’s a helpful idea.
Thanks to Jeff Sanders 5 AM Miracle (ep #308) for the reminder.