There’s great comfort in the familiar. It’s tempting to stay with the familiar. But you don’t grow if you don’t move beyond the familiar and challenge yourself to learn what it takes to succeed in a new, unfamiliar environment.
The fact is, you can do nothing and still become something. Even people who aren’t planning their lives and aren’t paying attention have opportunities fall into their laps. The problem is, they also sometimes wake up half way through their lives and realize what they have is not what they want.
Don’t work on goals that are not yours. Take the time to figure out what it is you really want, what really excites you, what motivates you. Who set the path you are walking on?
Stating goals is good. Stating goals is essential. But too often we treat goal achievement like there are only two steps to the process:
1. State goal
2. Achieve goal
This overlooks the action, the commitment and the work that exists between those two points.
Some days you show up at work, but your heart and your mind don't come with you. You're present physically, but you just can't get the mental focus or the energy you need to move up the mountain of tasks you need to accomplish. Before you know it, it's afternoon and that's when you start to curse yourself for wasting the day. If you're stuck, unfocused, spinning your wheels. Here are a few things you can do right away to return to productivity.
"So much wasted time." -- the last words of actor David Cassidy, as reported by his daughter Katie Cassidy.
If you’re reading this anywhere near a lightbulb, you have Thomas Edison’s failures to thank for the light you see. He worked on the invention of the lightbulb for years, failing over 1,000 times, although he didn’t see it that way.
Asked how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he said “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Humans are creatures of habit and it’s easy to develop habits that limit us...You can achieve more than you are achieving now if you create a clear vision of what you want, write it down, and commit to the actions necessary to fulfill that vision. That’s what goal setting is all about.
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything that you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.