“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
Disney hits in on the head with this quote. This quote leads me in many directions, but I’ll stay on point to remain brief. Talking without doing or dreaming without planning are all great examples of procrastination. How many people talk about their New Year’s resolutions only to figure out about this time of year that they haven’t taken any action to achieve what they set out to?
Why does this happen? I think much of it is due to the societal pressure placed on people in general and their need to satisfy someone else. If they are overweight, maybe they commit to losing some pounds by dieting and exercise. At the gym I go to, I see this every January/February. Memberships skyrocket in December and early January as the “resolution” people show up. By March or April, they are all absent and the gym digresses to its previous population.
I think this happens because people bite off more they can chew (come into the gym too hard and fast and either injure themselves or outthink themselves and believe it is just too hard). I believe some of these people are really interested in losing the weight, but lose interest when it begins to get tough (body soreness, etc.). I also think some come to realize they just can’t give up drinking, smoking, or eating the high-sugar and high-processed foods they have come to enjoy.
If you are one of the folks this article describes, take a moment and really think through what happened. Are you setting goals that you are truly interested in achieving or are they someone else’s goals? What goals could you set next time that you are truly passionate about achieving?
Everyone has a passion. Everyone has an internal drive that says, “Hey, let’s do this!” The next time you set a goal, try a new approach.
- Choose a goal that is truly something you want, not what your peers or family want for you.
- Visualize what achieving your goal will feel like in advance.
- Incorporate as many senses in your visualization.
- Create a plan with achievable milestones.
- Start Small and build on your momentum.
- Share your goals with someone else.
- Reward yourself each time you reach one of your milestones.
- Write down what you will do or get for yourself when you accomplish the goal.
I am pursuing three goals for the next 13 weeks.
- Read three books by October.
- Increase my strength in the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift by 20% by October.
- Finish the rough draft of my technical recruiting book by October.
I hope each of you has a terrific Sunday!!
See you tomorrow…