Learning to Love the Process
February 20, 2018
We live in a time when a lot of decisions tend to be made in favor of getting immediate gratification. We want it, and we want it now! That can be a problem when it comes to skill development. Not only it takes a long time to do it, but it also requires full focus and dedication while you’re at it. I’m going to show you a few tips to help you achieve your mid and long-term goals a little easier.

Divide and Conquer
A sense of accomplishment is important to keep you on track, that’s why it’s a good idea to set a number of smaller goals that you can achieve every so often. Your long-term goal will undoubtfully require more than just a few steps to be accomplished, use those steps to measure your progress so you know you are on your way at all times, even when it doesn’t really feel like it. Don’t make it a habit to pat yourself on the back every time you get something done, but make sure to recognize every time you reach a small goal, that should give you a boost in confidence and propel you forward. If you need to, divide each step into even smaller steps. A small goal may be something you will achieve in a month, a week, a day, or even an hour.

Don’t Look Up
If you’re walking 100 miles, you only have one option: you have to take one step at a time. There’s no other way. You might start strong, but by mile 25 you start to have doubts, you don’t know if you’ll make it, your legs start to cramp up, the sun is scorching, and as you look up towards the finish line you can’t even see it, it’s beyond the horizon, it seems to be impossibly far. You have made the mistake of looking up, now you will need a lot more willpower to continue because you had a glance at the distance you still have to cover. The secret is to keep your eyes down on the road, only look a few feet ahead so you can see any obstacles and avoid them, if you keep that up you’ll get to the finish line.

There’s no such thing as a straight line from point A to point B when it comes to long-term goals, there will be numerous detours, barriers, accidents, point B might even move to another location. It is a great thing to have laser-focus and direct all your energy towards achieving your goals, but it’s also important to take a look around as you move forward. More often than not, point B is not exactly what you expected, in that case, the process of getting there is by far the most important part of the journey, you might as well enjoy it.
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