A passage from The Wholehearted Journey: Bringing Qualities of Soul to Everyday Life and Work by Denise Bissonnette:
We live in a goal-oriented culture that would ask not only that we articulate our final destination, but the goals and objectives, strategies and schedules we plan to follow in order to get there. These goals should be specific and measurable, attainable and realistic with very clear-cut timelines. Conventional wisdom tells us that if we fail to plan, we should plan to fail. ...
What we may have lost sight of, however, is that goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it's who we become, as we overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve our goals, that in the end gives us the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.
It's in those everyday moments of trying and striving and focusing and yearning that we meet our greatest selves.