“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”
– Paulo Coelho
Drop your preconceived notions. Forget about what others expect of you. What do you want out of life? What do you want to be remembered for? Be true to yourself and don’t worry about anybody else. Your life is yours and yours alone. Begin with the end in mind. Imagine what your success would look like in a year or two. Begin with that and work backwards to create the actions that will take you from here to there.
You know what’s super discouraging? Goals so incredibly ambitious that success is like a mirage in the desert because no matter how much you move forward, you can’t help feeling like you haven’t made any visible progress. Break your big goal into baby goals. Don’t aim for 10 kg; just lose the first 2. If you want to write a play that rivals Shakespearean tragedies, how about beginning with full focus on the first act?
Baby goals are great for your esteem because they offer a constant stream of positive feedback that will make you feel happy, encouraged, and productive. It would be more fun to perform 20 touchdown dances than just 1. As much as you might want something to be quick-and-easy, life just doesn’t work that way. Start training your patience muscles because you’ll need them.
Inspiration is a fleeting thing. The temptation to quit will become overwhelming, but to stay on track, remind yourself of why you set off in the first place. The daily grind has a way of making us lose sight of our priorities. But keep your eye on the prize.