It might sound radical, but when was greatness achieved as a result of sluggish work ethic combined with wishes rather than must’s? If you’re worried that once you’ve reached a goal you’ll have nothing to look forward to, stop. Stop treating reality as an experience that ends without you. You can stay connected, create and be aware for as long as you have consciousness. Allow yourself to live in the present and make every minute worth wile.
When was the last time you sacrificed your way of being to please others? It might be when you decided to change your hairstyle for someone else, to gain or lose weight, to grow into a certain passion just so you can fit in. Whatever it might, we often are not aware of how fragile we truly are. Although change and influence can work for the best, it has to come from a place of growth instead of the opposite.
What long-lasting change would you like to see in yourself? Write it down on the board. Then plan. What would it take? How would that make you feel? Is it worth it?
Trying to achieve everything you can think of is a losing game. Putting in consistent effort and sticking to one project through challenging, boring, scary times, will help you get closer to what you want to create. Pushing through beyond the adrenaline rush and settling into disciplined work is what distinguishes between average and excellence. As long as we give our best given the circumstances and our ability, we will reach perfection in all we do.
Self-discipline can be challenging to acquire particularly if you’ve allowed feelings of blame and pity sneak in and take away your focus. Getting things done is just about that: planning and executing. It is not about expecting anything from anyone, but from yourself. Demanding that you perform at your highest level will deliver the results you want. And you can’t take a holiday from that. Set your mind to success and your actions will follow.
The future might seem far away, but tomorrow is almost here and it will turn into the now. Where will you be standing today? One step closer to fulfillment or just on step further through time, hoping that life won’t happen to you? Or that time will be forgiving. It never is.
This is quite an old principle that we don’t always acknowledge that it applies to every area of life. If we focus on being late and the consequences it attracts, or missing out on a deadline – it will most likely happen because our brain perceives that as the priority. A great exercise is shifting your perception from what you fear to what you want. Not only will it give you peace of mind in the present moment, but it will turn the future you want into a greater probability.