The only way to guarantee failure is to stop moving in the direction of your goal.
This seems obvious, but our brains are excellent at avoiding long term goals which involve uncertainty or risk. Too many of us find ourselves stuck doing things we don’t want to do, all the while convincing ourselves that we’ll start working towards our real goals when it becomes convenient.
Is there anything you’re planning to do when the time is right, or as soon as you’ve done ______?
Odds are that the time will never be right, and the thing you’re waiting to finish before you start working towards what you actually want to do will be replaced by another thing, then another, until the end of time.
If you want something, you need to walk at it, not around it.
The goals you set in order to get there need to be relevant to your long term vision.
Goals need to be achievable, but challenging enough to maintain focus and flow.
You need to be able to directly explain how your short term goals relate to the master plan; whatever it is you’re tacking towards.
Your master plan has to be tactile. If your long term goal changes, so should your short term goals.
Don’t be afraid of this.
If you lost your job tomorrow and had to rebuild, could you?
Of course you could. You would have to. The pressure to do so might actually be good for you.
If your long term goals don’t align with your current reality, it’s time to re-assess.
This is a reminder for myself more than for anyone else.
Put one foot in front of the next. Walk towards whatever it is which ignites you.
Fail, and persevere.