Day 3: Breaking Down Goals

Stressing out about falling behind is not going to get things done. Instead, breaking down our goals into chunks, if it is even one task a day, will help us get things moving and gain momentum.

My focus for the day is to identify my top three priorities and do SOMETHING that will move things forward.

Day 3 started under the influence of Day 2, with a 5AM start instead of 4AM. But my challenge is still very much on. Let’s see where we are in 27 days.

Make a Start

Photo by Lucian Alexe

We’ve all heard the saying you got to start somewhere, to which I would add starting is better than overthinking where you start. Time spent not taking action is time wasted which might not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but you’ll probably look back at the hesitation laughing at yourself. Nothing is permanent. You can only improve once you have something to work with.

The Courage to Try

Photo by Franck V

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.

Following Through with Challenging Decisions

Photo by Emile Guillemot

Making the right call is only one part of the challenge, following through with it, without hesitation, can take a lot of willpower. So how do you not go back on your word, even if you’ve only given your word to yourself? By making a point out of keeping your word. This will contribute to your self-esteem and once you’ve followed through you’ll be able to enjoy the process without having the little you trying to take control. You are brave and most importantly, you are powerful.

Hey, You’ve Got This

Photo by Matt Ridley

Encouraging yourself is more than optimism, is a huge part of what makes things happen. Don’t throw negativity at yourself, build yourself up. Through words and action than will get you where you want to be in life. Your coordinates are not fixed. Growth, happiness, wealth – nothing is fixed. Make it your goal to aim up and aim high.

Slipping Off – Who’s at a Loss?

Photo by Zane Lee

The cheat mentality is responsible for many of our downfalls and the most negative impact attracted by this poor choice is felt by the person making the choice. Let’s unpack.

Cheating on your homework or an exam? Free gratification that teaches us we must be applauded when we’re not putting in the effort.

Cheating on someone romantically? Impacts the self-esteem, attracts guilt and destroys relationships that could have had a more peaceful fallout.

Cheating the law? The fear of being caught and the guilt can bring misery.

Going back to bed in the morning? Well, time slept is time not lived. Time slept when our body and mind had enough sleep is an insult to our being. We deliberately choose to put ourselves on hold, to cross off time from our life. Time we will never get back.

Slipping off is failure as long as we keep on slipping and do nothing to adjust our course. But slipping off also teaches us how to navigate through life and to maintain balance when we are likely to slip off. What are you going to do differently?