Do you ever beat yourself up before even attempting to do something new? And what does that do to your self-esteem? The ‘what if’ mindset has been passed on to us with love, but putting worse case scenario first takes away our focus from what we want to achieve. If you hear yourself wondering what if, be grateful and push forward. This means you’re walking unexplored land that guarantees growth and with enough effort, success.
One day at a time, you can achieve incredible results. What’s your goal? Your bigger picture? What steps would it take you there? Then focus on the tasks. A six month project might look scary or unachievable if you are focusing on just how scary it is. Keep your mind in check and do the work. You will soon see that your efforts are paying off.
Focus is within your control, but what if the people around you see things through a different lenses? Will you lose your vision? People can only derail you by that much, but if the majority of your circle of influence is completely off with what you are trying to achieve, the chances of persisting with your vision become lower and lower. Focus not only on your goal, but make sure that the people you are sharing your views with don’t have leverage on you. Stay truthful to who you are.
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.
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.