I start the day committing to do something before the day is over. I have 24 hours to get it done. Honestly, I don’t know why people say that because if you are a regular mortal like me, you are fully asleep for 6 to 8 hours each day. So for storytelling purposes, let’s say I sleep for 7 seven hours, that leaves me 17 hours in the day to get done any given thing written in my agenda book. Now let’s also assume that I am a responsible working adult and hold one of these so-called 9 to 5 gigs. I now must subtract 8 hours from that 17. I have 9 hours to get things done outside of work and sleep. 9 hours is still a relatively good amount of time to do most tasks because most things don’t take hours to. So why is it that when we set out to do something for ourselves we are not able to get it done? This is a problem I am often looking for solutions for. When you are working on personal goals it is essential to section enough time out of your day to do things that will help you obtain those goals. But once the sun goes down and pajamas are on, the things that were so important at the beginning of the day now spills over into tomorrow’s plan.
Sometimes there are just too many things to do. At other times, we forget what it is we need to do. There’s also those moments where your plans are not as important exciting as what you’re currently doing. Whatever the case is, the things that push us closer to our dreams, closer to the person we want to be ends up falling to the wayside, while tasks for the bosses we work for or the people we love get precedence. It’s hard to come to grips that the reason we aren’t making the progress we want in life is because we simply haven’t made our lives a priority.
One reason is because our dreams and goals don’t start out as tangible things. You can’t physically see the rewards or the results of it right away. When you brush your teeth, you are able to feel and see the refreshing result of your work. When you get your car washed, you are able to see and smell the result of vacuumed carpet and sleek paint. Face it, the results of working towards goals are not always that rewarding. So there are two things you must do.
- Believe and know without a doubt that your goal is something real and obtainable.
This is ever so important, because the belief in what you want is what makes it possible and everything else will supplement it.
- Make working towards your goals have physical results
If it doesn’t naturally have a physical result, make one. The reason why it is so difficult to ignore a notification on your phone is because there’s a happiness that comes once you clear out that symbol or shutdown that light. These tangible reward systems drive us. It drives us to do more over and over until it becomes second nature.
It’s not that the things we want aren’t important, because they are. It’s not that the things that we dream about don’t matter, because they do. It’s about taking the things that mean so much to us on the inside and bringing them out.