Just for the sake of it …
Although it’s certainly okay to have goals to work toward – but if these goals are the only reason we are doing the work, then what happens when we achieve those goals – what happens to our motivation.
For myself, I like to train just for how it makes me feel, for the intrinsic value that I get from it whilst doing it. I like to eat well and work on my fitness just for how it makes me feel; not because I am trying to hit a certain weight, look a certain way or get ready for a particular event. I like learning, just for the sake of it; for how it changes the way I think; not just because I have to pass an exam, etc. I like improving myself just for the sake of it; the fact that I get certain other ancillary benefits is a total bonus.
It’s a great thing to be able to find joy in the simple doing of things. A big part of what it takes to be happy.