I’ve had this goal of writing a book, save more money, running a successful website and getting a six pack of abs since… forever?
I think about it all the time, sometimes I even write out my goals in hopes that it will bring me to work harder on them and sometimes I even work on my goals! As in, I might go to the gym and do a really hard abdominal workout not one but two days in a row. However, when those two days are done, I either get busy, forget, lose interest, or start to work on something else.
I think the truth is, we live in such a fast-paced society and our minds are actually only wired to do one thing at a time but we let ourselves believe that to be successful in life, we have to be working on all of our long-term goals concurrently on top of everything else we are already doing each day. It begins to be literally impossible to work out while simultaneously writing a book, working on a website, vacuuming the house, taking care of my dog, finishing up the last load of laundry, catching up with friends and family, and then figuring out what to make for dinner. I don’t even have children to care for, I don’t know how these gracious people do it!
I suppose one could design a plan including a timeline of how they believe they can realistically accomplish their goals but from personal experience, to be able to successfully accomplish a goal you cannot have too many other goals at the same time that require a lot of time and effort. In that case, you have to prioritize what goals are
most important to accomplish first. The problem is, what happens if the priority of your goals changes CONSTANTLY? You can redesign timelines but honestly, when you are changing goals so often, or adding new ones, how do you ever accomplish any of them?
It must just take a really strong decisiveness where you sit down, pick a goal, design a plan and stick to the plan, even if eventually you change your mind. You might not even desire to achieve that goal anymore but hey! You accomplished something you aspired to do at some point in your life, and now you can no longer let the fast-paced society tell you that you’re not successful.