We’ve all been able to reach a goal at some stage in our lives.

For some of us it’s graduating from high school or university, getting that big promotion, hitting a challenging sales target or perhaps reaching your goal weight.

It’s a great feeling when we achieve our ambitions, but what should we do next?

I like to compare goal-achievement to climbing a mountain, and in that context here’s what I think we should do after reaching one of our goals.

Enjoy the view – It would be a shame to climb a great peak and then start your descent without taking a moment to enjoy the view.  So why is it that after accomplishing a goal, many people forget to enjoy the moment and move on too quickly?

Once you’ve reached your goal, I would encourage you to stop, take a deep breath, bask in your achievement and find a way to celebrate what you’ve done.

Learn from the experience – I’m sure that after someone has climbed a mountain, especially one that they’ve never scaled before, they will have made mistakes and needed to use new skills along the way.

Similarly, any significant achievement would have involved errors, risks and the development of your capabilities.  By taking note of the things you’ve learned throughout the experience, you will be better prepared for the next stage of your life.

Thank those who have helped you along the way – Sir Edmond Hilary wouldn’t have scaled Everest without Tenzing Norgay.  Mountain climbing may seem like an activity for individuals, but very few successful climbers are able to get very far without the assistance of others.

In our endeavours, there are always people around us who have helped us to reach our goals.  Make sure that you take the time to express your gratitude to your spouse, your mentor, your staff, your peers, God or anyone else who has been helpful to you.  You’ll probably find that they will sign up quicker to assist you again next time if they aren’t taken for granted.

Look to greater heights – Unless you’ve climbed Mt Everest, there are always bigger mountains to climb.

Once you’ve reached a certain level of achievement, don’t rest on your laurels or set goals that you can reach with little planning or effort.  Look to the mountain that’s bigger, a harder and more challenging.

I hope that you have a lot of mountains ahead of you to be climbed.

And whenever you reach a new peak, make sure that you enjoy the view, learn from the experience, are grateful to those who have helped you and look to greater heights.

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