Everyone has goals and dreams, some bigger than others.
We all have something we are working for, something bigger, better, greater than where you are right now.
Each week, I hear from many people who say they set a good intention, they get started towards what they want, and before they know it…. something stalls, distraction kicks in and the consistency is not there for the long haul.
Ever felt like that?
How many times have you started a new project, a sport, a course, the first few weeks were ok, you work on it for a bit and then start something else. You quickly set another goal, never quite finishing any of it. Start, stall and stop…repeat.
There are so many articles and information out there about motivation, and why some people reach their goals and others do not.
It’s more than that…whether you get your motivation from yourself or others isn’t the point either.
The real challenge is dealing with the boredom.
The key to reaching your goals is in the way you handle the boredom of doing the same thing day in, day out, without the instant gratification we all strive for.
Delayed gratification doesn’t sound very exciting, does it?
The ability to work when things aren’t easy is what separates out the winners from the amateurs.
You may have heard about the 10,000 hours’ rule of deliberate practice to become a true expert and a leader in your field by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. The working towards what you want without the fanfare, without the recognition and feelings of success, where you silently work in the trenches, without guidance or motivation.
A tough call.
Do you have what it takes to work when things are not easy?
Be it at work, when you study, or when you want to change to something new.
It’s All In The Process
When thinking about goals, most people focus on the result, the outcome and not the way they plan to get there.
How many time’s have you heard…
‘I just need to get that next qualification; then I would have the credibility I need’.
‘If I can just lose 15kg, I will then be fit’.
‘If I can get an article published in Huffington Post, I will be set’.
Take a closer look at the statements…the focus is on the event, the outcome, rather than the process.
Professional growth is not an event.
Health is not an event.
Growing your small business is not an event.
Take a look at the top athletes, top public speakers and entrepreneurs, the well known who are consistently reaching their goals.
Where is the focus?
The focus is on the process, the commitment to the daily practice, of being the best they can be every SINGLE day…not the event.
If you want to get that promotion. Having that qualification is great, as long is it one that gets you to where you want to go. But the only way to really get that promotion is to fall in love with working on YOU and the process of being the expert in your field.
If you want to be really fit. Giving away 15kg’s may be a part of it. But the only way to reach your goal is to fall in love with the process of consistent exercise and great nutrition.
If you want to run your own business. Being published in the Huffington Post will be amazing, however for you to reach the result of running your own business starts with falling in love with writing, posting and publishing consistently to the right audience.
If you want to become better in anything. Dreaming, talking and planning your results won’t cut it. Fall in love with the process of doing the work.
Model the behaviour of someone who does the work…not just talks about it.
Think of boring as your new best friend.
Hard I know.
Fall in love with the consistent practice, repetition and the process, however boring that may sound.