Updated: Apr 15, 2022
"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring." -Bill Copeland
We are living in unprecedented times. The world is changing in ways that may feel unpredictable, unstable, exhilarating, empowering, overwhelming, or any number of other adjectives. Chances are real go, if you're like me it's some sort of ever shifting mash-up of feelings. There are a whole range of things that we just can't do right now and that sucks. What can we do instead?
1. WORK WITH THE END IN MIND OR FOCUS ON SUCCESS
Beginning with the end in mind is the endowment of imagination . Goals help us to focus, and the quality of our attention is enhanced by a having a project so cool and interesting that we can't help but make a leap. Let's say, you want to organize your workspace so that you are reaching max capacity at being inspired to do your best work. The in-between steps: like ergonomic concerns & planning comfortable lighting, in-and-of itself can seem mundane, but joined together they name a bigger accomplishment and by doing so, asks us to spice up our expectations & upgrade how we are existing at a time where it feels downright daunting to make plans. Focus on success & keep in mind how you want things to end up--And you may find yourself looking forward to the work.
-- name the accomplishment
-- give your project a title
-- what needs to be done by when
-- how would you like things to end up
-- identify upbeat reasons for pursuing the goal
2. RAISE THE BAR-OR SHOOT FOR THE MOON
Define greatness, challenge the limits, double the goal, or try something new...These are just some of the sentiments that put our plans into action and move us towards revolutionary results. Look around and witness the very essence of commonplace activities being tested and re-imagined. Such as the re-defining of what it means to work out by bringing in activities ranging from kickboxing and archery to more esoteric offerings like tai chi and yoga. And with the introduction of Blogs, an international conversation is in full swing with millions of links and a central clearing house inspired by immediacy, intrigue and tension. Raising the bar on a project can simply mean taking one extra step, having an allegiance to a weird idea, or devoting to a regular practice. Commit to a goal in a meaningful way, personalize it & make it your own, and then watch an otherwise sleepy project wake up and give way to a new found energy, creativity and distinction. "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you'll land among the stars." — Norman Vincent Peale
-- double the goal
-- challenge the limits
-- create a regular practice
-- raise your standards, values or beliefs
-- make it a game
3. GO THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE OR SHOW ME THE SHORTCUT
Sometimes a goal deserves a break.
TIME MAGAZINE reported that after 8 hours of sleep you'd be more than twice as likely to find a shortcut for solving a problem. Suggesting that taking it easy is good for the brain, and what's good for the brain is good for the overall psyche and soul. Are you doing too much, not getting nourished and being exhausted? That is amazingly easy to do in the current state of the existing. There are tons of memes and well-meaning folxs in our lives who seem to be gaining ALL of the skills in their newly opened up time.
Well, perhaps it's time to consider another path. Don't re-invent the wheel.
Pick up a book written by an expert, join a group that's geared around your project, sign up for an informational newsletter , or ask someone to buddy up & help. For instance, if I was writing a screen-play and struggling with a self imposed deadline, I could simplify my project by joining a writers group or finding an accountability buddy.
Another over looked short cut is to consider smaller steps.
The smaller the increments the easier the goal.
Deng Ming-Dao, writes in EVERYDAY TAO, An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already makes a span of 2 inches. Gradually we can improve on that. Go the path of least resistance, it's a gift of energy.
-- don't reinvent the wheel-find someone who's done it before
-- slow down or change the pace
-- keep to minimum daily standards
-- write everything down--loose ideas vs. lost ideas
-- the smaller the increments the easier the goal