In this episode I talk about some things that have been on my mind lately that I think can help you change your life for the better in 2015.
Most people set multiple goals. I want to lose weight, I want to spend more time with my family, I want to make more money, I want to get out of debt, etc. Don’t do this. If you set 10 goals this year, all you’re doing is creating nine distractions to the No. 1 thing you really want to do.
It’s a process of reverse-engineering. Decide what it is you want to do and then work backward to figure out what you need to do every day to achieve it.
“If you would go every day to a very large tree and take five swings at it with a very sharp ax, eventually, no matter how large the tree, it would have to come down.” ~ Ron Scolastico
If you set a goal of making $20k this year, there’s a chance you’ll make it. But what if you set a goal to make $1 million? The chances are low that you’ll hit that goal, but you’ll probably blow way past $20k. It’s really hard to fail completely if you aim high enough.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot
If try to wait until you’re completely prepared and have all the answers, you’ve waited too long. First of all, you’ll never be completely ready. The work will expand to fill all the time you give it.
And there’s also a great amount of fear that comes with the risk of jumping in before you’re ready. But it’s my personal belief that facing those fears and forcing ourselves to do something before we think we’re ready is the best way to accomplish something great and meaningful.
“Some are always in a state of preparation, occupied in previous measures, forming plans, accumulating materials, and providing for the main affair. These are certainly under the secret power of idleness. Nothing is to be expected from the workman whose tools are for ever to be sought. I was once told by a great master, that no man ever excelled in painting, who was eminently curious about pencils and colors.” ~ Samuel Johnson in Idleness
Published by Adam Clark on January 7, 2015
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