Forget a Summer Bucket List! Do This Instead.

Summer is upon us! That means sunny cookouts, river dips, outdoor concerts, vegan ice cream experiments, and fun with friends! Hooray! It also means you’re probably getting a summer bucket list ready.

WHY SUMMER A BUCKET LIST IS OVERRATED

Many of us make a big summer bucket list every year, only to stroll into fall having completed almost none of our goals. If you look through my old journals, you’ll see wild lists titled Summer 2015, Summer 2016 and Summer 2017, all crammed with ideas, projects, trips, and self-improvements I’d like to make over the three month season.

And almost every year, I completed almost none of them.

No one wants to end the summer feeling like a failure. So this summer, don’t get caught in that same overambitious trap. When your summer bucket list looms too large, it can actually make you less productive and less successful.

The very act of planning to accomplish too many goals can be the thing that stands in our way. Here’s what you should do instead.

SET ONE BIG, SLIGHTLY SCARY GOAL FOR YOUR SUMMER. JUST ONE.

Yes, we all have a lot of goals, but summer is not the time to wear all those hats. Choose one big goal for yourself instead of creating a whole, daunting summer bucket list

Be healthy. Be loving.

Maybe your summer goal is to read 10 books. Maybe you want to write that memoir. Maybe you want to finally drop some pounds by cleaning up your diet. Maybe you’ve dreamed of starting a side hustle business. Now is the time to focus on ONE of those goals.

Sorry, you can’t give full attention to all of them. That will leave you deep in September with a handful of half-baked ventures—having read only a book and a half, eaten a few more veggies, and journaled for three weeks about how you could start your business. That’s not really the change or success any of us are looking for.

If you truly want to progress, you need to choose only one goal and dedicate your summer to it, whole-heartedly.

That could mean setting aside a dedicated one to five hours a week to work on a project or being even more immersive and taking time off work. But if you want to succeed, you need to narrow your focus and set one massive summer goal for yourself. There will never be a better time.

MAKE IT SPECIFIC AND ATTAINABLE.

Don’t just claim you want to run faster. That’s a loose goal. Say you want to run a five-minute mile.

Don’t just casually tell friends that you want to learn German. Anyone can learn a few phrases and claim they learned some German over the summer—that’s an easy out. Say you want to be conversational in German by the end of the summer.

If you truly want to succeed, be specific about your goals and know your limits. The more specific and honest you are with yourself, the less wiggle room you leave for failure in a few months.

BUT ALSO A LITTLE SCARY.

If your goal didn’t take you a little bit out of your comfort zone, you probably would have done it already. Stop playing things so safe and take a little risk. You are capable of incredible things. You just need to build the confidence and trust in yourself.

Challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone this summer, whether it’s a professional artist’s workshop halfway across the globe or learning how to swim despite your fear of water.

Scooting just beyond your comfort zone is the best way to ensure personal growth. And that’s all success really is, isn’t it?

More isn’t always better. Dream big, and use these three months to make one vision a reality. Not only will you feel more accomplished, you’ll actually be more accomplished than you would if you had tried to tackle your entire list. So go get it! Ditch the summer bucket list, take charge of your summer and achieve one of your dreams!

 

____

This article was written by Jordyn Cornier, a freelance filmmaker, writer, dancer-choreographer, and founder of Whimsy Media.

Why 4 Smaller Goals is More Effective than 1 Big One

The end of the year is fast approaching, which is when many business owners’ thoughts turn to planning and goals.

If you’re like most people I know (including me!), the vast possibilities of the new year are totally inspiring, and you start doodling long lists of goals and aspirations around what you’d like to accomplish both in your business and your life…

…travel abroad for a month

…get to the gym more

…reach six figures and beyond

…launch a new product

…double your email list

…hire a team member

…take up salsa dancing

But once January rolls around, how will you make those goals and dreams a reality?

Statistics tell us that only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. And anecdotally, I’d guess it’s roughly the same for business owners who set lofty goals at the beginning of the year, but don’t have any plan for how to reach them.

And that’s the key: It’s not about setting different goals, it’s about having a better plan.

I encourage you to dream big! Set those pie-in-the-sky, out-of-this-world goals!

Then develop the plan to execute them.

First, you’ve got to have a plan.

Planning is absolutely necessary for business success.  You cannot expect to grow with any kind of consistency without a solid plan.

Planning will:

  • Provide crystal clear focus on what tasks you should be tackling at any given time.
  • Reduce mistakes and missteps over time.
  • Actually save you time.

That last one is people are often skeptical of. Planning is one of those “important but not urgent” tasks that gets put off, because people assume it will take too much time away from their productivity.

In fact, productivity expert and author, Brian Tracy, suggests “Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution.”

That means for every hour you spend planning, you’ll get save 60 hours on the execution.

And I don’t know about you, but I could definitely find a good use for 60 additional hours next year!

But one big goal isn’t very helpful.

The problem is that most people go about planning the wrong way. They either make way too many goals, without any concept of how long each of those things will actually take to achieve, and then get scattered when they try to do it all…

…or they make one giant goal, but lose track of it in the day-to-day business of running their business.

While it’s OK to have one big goal for the year — to increase your revenues to a certain dollar amount, gain a certain number of new subscribers, or expand your product line, for example — that kind of big goal is often hard to keep track of over the course of the year, and very hard to break down into action steps.

The solution, then is, what my friend Todd Herman calls the 90 Day Year.  He suggests breaking down your year into segments of 90 days, four segments per year.  For each 90 days, you choose one or maybe two goals that you can achieve in 90 days and then spend the entire time focused on those goals.

This kind of planning has a lot of benefits over traditional annual planning:

  • First, it’s more predictable than annual planning. It’s very difficult to break down long-term goals into individual action steps or to figure out what you should be doing to reach that goal on any given day.  Ninety-day plans strongly connect the action you take today with the specific results you want.
  • Having shorter-term goals keeps you more focused. Annual plans fail because too many objectives result in chaos and poor execution. Ninety-day plans force you to choose 1–3 priorities with greatest impact, and then create energy and urgency to act.
  • Having short-term goals forces you to break a big goal down into individual parts and then create daily action steps for each part. These steps are specific, actionable and achievable in the time frame.
  • The overall plan is structured so that if the action steps are completed on time, your goals are achieved!

The biggest benefit for me is that it helps keep me laser focused; if a new opportunity appears, I can quickly ask myself, “Does this help me reach my short-term goals?”  If the answer is yes, I can say yes to the opportunity with gusto. If the answer is no, I can turn it down without guilt or schedule it for later.

This kind of planning really helped us 10x our business and focus on the tasks and goals that would make the biggest impact.

Short-term goals help you focus on what’s working — and what’s not.

The other huge benefit of this kind of short-term planning is that it gives you the freedom and imperative to pivot when something isn’t working — and the mechanisms to figure out what isn’t working and why.

If you have just one huge goal for the year, it’s like driving a giant cruise ship; it becomes slow and difficult to change directions mid-journey.

But a short-term plan is like a luxury yacht that can maneuver and change directions much more quickly and easily, to head for the best possible destination.

When you’re taking the time to stop and plan every 90 days or so, it:

  • Builds your self-esteem. It’s much easier to see your progress and what you’ve achieved, and help assure you that you’re on the right course.
  • Demands your attention and helps you to respond more quickly (rather than ignoring the fact that a certain tactic isn’t really working — which is so easy to do!).
  • Helps you understand why you’re not hitting goals when something falls a little short. It’s much easier to see if it’s a flaw in the plan or the execution.

At first, some people may be a little disappointed when they see in black and white how little they’re moving towards their goals — but this is actually a good thing!  Most of us drastically underestimate how long a project will take and then overestimate how much progress we’ve made.

But when you break your goals down into short sprints, with clear action steps, you can’t help but see where your process is working and where it’s not. This is invaluable information for the smart business owner; you can start outsourcing, find more team members, change direction, change your forecasts, or any number of other solutions once you know what the problem is.

 

____

This article was written by Melanie Duncan, who has started multimillion-dollar businesses in a variety of industries from fashion and home decor to online education. She has guided entrepreneurs towards growth in all kinds of industries from a place of practical, real life experience.

6 Ways to Develop the Self-Discipline You Need to Reach Your Goals

Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish I had that kind of willpower,” when her friend orders the salad instead of the fried chicken? It’s as if they are convinced some people were born with supreme self-control. But self-discipline is a learned skill, not an innate characteristic.

A lack of self-discipline can be a real problem. According to the 2011 Stress in America Survey, 27% of people believe a lack of willpower is the biggest barrier to making healthy lifestyle changes.

Interestingly, most of the respondents thought they could increase their willpower. But they though they needed more free time to do it.

There’s no evidence however, that increased leisure time equates to increased self-discipline. In fact, it doesn’t matter how much time you have. What matters is what you choose to do with your time.

Similar to building physical muscle, developing mental muscle requires intentional exercise. Over time, your self-discipline muscles can be built.

Here are six exercises that will increase your self-discipline:

1. Acknowledge your weaknesses.

Ignoring your pitfalls won’t make them go away. So whether eating cookies is the downfall to your weight loss or checking social media sabotages your productivity, acknowledge your weaknesses. Recognizing your weaknesses is the first step in creating positive change.

2. Create a clear plan.

You won’t magically wake up one day with superhuman willpower. Instead, you need a strategy to help you build mental muscle.

Whether you want to increase good habits–like going to the gym more often–or you want to eliminate bad habits–like watching too much TV–you’ll need a plan to turn your intentions into action. Outline clear action steps you will start taking on a daily basis.

3. Remove temptations.

You won’t gain self-discipline to lose weight if you keep your house stocked with junk food. Instead, you’ll wear yourself out trying to resist every cookie, brownie, and chip.

Limiting temptations can help you slowly build more self-discipline over time. If your weakness involves checking social media every two minutes, find an app that blocks access to Facebook. Or, if you can’t resist overspending when you go to the store, leave your credit card at home and carry cash only.

4. Practice tolerating discomfort.

It’s natural to try to avoid pain. But avoiding short-term discomfort often leads to long-term problems. And every time you give in, you’ll reinforce to yourself that you can’t handle distress.

Practice allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable and prove to yourself that you can stand it. Whether that means running on the treadmill for one more minute than you thought you could or resisting the urge to pick up a cigarette, train your brain to see that pain isn’t the enemy.

5. Visualize the rewards.

Remind yourself of the things you stand to gain when you resist temptation. Visualize yourself meeting your goals and reaping the benefits of self-discipline.

Write down a list of all the things you’ll gain when you stick to your goals. Read over the list when you’re tempted to give up. Spend a few minutes picturing yourself being successful and remind yourself how you’ll feel when you succeed.

6. Recover from mistakes.

If you’re stressed about a big presentation, you may talk yourself into skipping your workout. Or, if you’re excited about a big deal you closed, you may convince yourself to let your good habits slide.

Progress doesn’t usually come in a straight line. And just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Making mistakes is part of the process to becoming better.

The way you recover from those mistakes is what matters most. Learning from your missteps and committing to doing better next time can help you build self-discipline.

Keep Trying and Reap the Rewards

Boosting your self-control is the key to creating a better life. With a little mental strength training, everyone has the ability to develop more willpower. The best news is, improving self-control in one area of your life can lead to increased willpower in other areas of your life.

 

____

This article was written by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist, a lecturer at Northeastern University, and a mental strength trainer. She’s also an international bestselling author. Her books, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, have been translated into more than 30 languages. 

How the Most Productive People Start Their Workday (Hint: It’s Not Email)

What you do when you first get to the office sets the tone for the rest of your day. Learning how to prioritize and laser-focus can mean the difference between knocking out your to-do list before noon or getting knocked out by it. Instinctively, the first thing most of us do is check our email. And that’s a huge mistake, says Julie Morgenstern, a time-management expert who literally wrote the book on this (seriously, it’s called Never Check Email in the Morning).

Doing so first thing in the a.m. is the fastest way to make a detour into distraction city and kill your productivity. Email is reactive, not proactive, which lets outside forces control your time and agenda. So the real question is: What exactly should we be doing? To get answers, we asked super successful people killing it in business, fitness, and life in general what they do to be productive (and resist the siren call of their inbox) the second they step foot into work.

1. Trap your anxieties on paper.

“The first thing I do when arriving at ‘work’ (which is usually my wooden table next to a living wall in my house) is journal. I use a notebook like The 5-Minute Journal to clarify my goals and priorities for the day, as well as perform a basic gratitude exercise. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll drink pu-erh tea [a type of fermented dark Chinese tea] and free-associate for another two or three pages in a separate notebook. This often allows me to trap my anxieties on paper so I can be more productive with less stress throughout the day.” — Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and host of the podcast The Tim Ferriss Show

2. Get your energy up with some movement.

“The first thing I do is take a walk. (We just got a new puppy!) Then I spend the next hour checking all my social media. I know experts advise that we don’t waste our morning alertness on low-value work like email and checking Twitter, but I know that I can’t focus on more challenging work until I’ve checked in on all the various forms of communication.” — Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before

3. Go over your to-do list.

“The very first thing I do—even before I power on my computer—is enjoy a cup of coffee while reviewing my to-do list, which I make before going to bed every night. This helps me get pumped and organized. After that, I’m ready to take on the day!” — Joy Bauer, R.D.N., nutrition and health expert on NBC’s Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks

4. Do quick check-ins with team members.

“The first thing I do is say a quick hello and check in with one or two members of my team. It’s important to me because it helps me start the day on a happy, positive note, and it lets me take the temperature of our group. Plus, it’s a good thing for overall productivity as creative teams run on good personal relationships and positivity. And in the event something is off or tense, it gives me a chance to find out what’s up before things go off the rails. Mostly, though, I just do it because I enjoy it. I am lucky to work with great people who are a lot of fun to be around.” — Pilar Gerasimo, founder of Experience Life magazine and author of Being Healthy Is a Revolutionary Act

5. Complete the task that requires the most mental focus.

“I pour a cup of coffee and get to work writing. I’m fierce about not letting anything interrupt that time. I write for two or three hours and then go to the office for meetings or teaching or student appointments. If I write every day, even for just an hour, there’s a momentum that works for me. I can just pick up where I left off. I don’t write quickly, but the consistency makes it all add up.” — Marion Nestle, Ph.D, professor of nutrition at NYU and author of forthcoming book, Soda Politics

6. Make (and use!) a really effective calendar.

“The first thing I do in the morning is check my calendar. It is far more effective than a to-do list. This approach radically reduces the number of decisions I have to make every day because I don’t have to decide what to do. I just do it. The calendar also has something called buffer days where I handle small things, focus days where I do things that matter the most, and free days where I do whatever I feel like that isn’t work. This is the only way I’ve found that makes sure I get time for myself, for family and friends, and for my company.” — Dave Asprey, creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the forthcoming Bulletproof: The Cookbook

7. Hydrate…with a kick.

“We have a morning trifecta that works like a charm each day to make us feel alert, connected, and energized as soon as we hit the office. First, we always check in with our team, face-to-face. This interaction in the morning grounds us and connects us to our purpose as a united, productive team. Second, we prep our desks with huge mason jars of water. That way, once we sit down, we can be productive without interruption. Plus, getting hydrated first thing in the morning gives us energy and keeps us healthy. Finally, we sip on a little caffeine, like coffee or tea, for a little boost.” — Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, creators of the POUND workout and the POUND Rockout Results System

8. Express gratitude for who (and what) is working.

“I like to start my day with a little gratitude. I walk all the way through the office to the kitchen at the back and say hello to the people on my incredible team, making sure to let each one know how much I appreciate them!” — Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse

 

____

This article was written by Charlotte Andersen, author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything which has been featured in Shape, Fitness, Prevention, and Women’s Health UK among others. She runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing in exercise, body image and oversharing. 

How Do You Eat An Elephant And The Ultimate Success Principle Behind

I believe everyone heard about the question, “How do you eat an elephant?”

This is a great question that reminds us about how we tackle huge tasks in life. If your dream is big, how are you going to accomplish it?

The answer – One bite at a time

Every huge success is the result of taking one small step at a time. If you want to lose 10 pounds, you will have to lose your first pound. And to lose your first pound, you will have to either push away the junk food or workout in the gym.

Let’s take exercise and working out at the gym as an example. How do you workout in the gym? How do you do the pushup? One at a time.

Every move and every action started with just one small simple step.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

And all you need to do is to identify the step and then do it.

One Step At A Time

When I look back at my life when I first started blogging, I can’t even get a 500 words article publish. It was very difficult for me because English not my main language and even until today, you can find grammatical errors in my article. Nobody is perfect I guess.

However, that did not deter my spirit to blog. I continued on and I learned to type every single day. Starting with my first paragraph, and then the second paragraph and then the third paragraph and it continues.

And eventually, I got a 500 words article. Today, I can go for more. If you have been following my blog here, you will see that most of my articles are 2000 words and above.

It may still be very challenging for me to come up with such a long article. This is especially true when I’m talking about topics that I’m not really familiar or passionate with. I have to do my research just like many normal people.

The same principle applies in every part of our lives.

If we want to get good at something, we need to do it one step at a time. If we want to achieve our dreams and reach our goals, we have to take one action at a time.

Every master you knew was once a disaster. Nobody was born perfect and nobody achieves overnight success. Even if they did, the success will never be long.

The Chain Effect

When it comes to taking action, you have to understand why we need to focus on taking just one step.

Everything you do in life has a chain reaction. What did you do after you wake up from your bed each morning? Do you go into the bathroom automatically without thinking much?

Did you brush your teeth after you pee? And what do you do after brushing your teeth? All the actions are in the chain.

Just like for some people once they reach their office, they will make a cup of coffee, and then they will check their emails, and then they will talk to their colleagues, etc.

These are the chain of actions that lead you from one thing to another.

When you do 1 pushup, it leads you to the next. And the second pushup will lead you to the third and so on.

This is why taking one small step is important. It will lead you to the next step.

And this is how successful people build up their amazing results. They take small steps each day and that lead them somewhere else, their small steps bring them to the bigger results that they want in life.

Every Step Counts

No matter how small the step, every step counts.

Imagine that you are trying to build a million-dollar business and you started with $50,000 capital.

In the first year, you lost $40,000 because you spent that money on building and growing your business. Your mistakes cost your too while learning.

In the second year, you lost another $10,000 but you feel like you are doing much better than the first year because things started to move.

And at the third year, you make $100,000. You feel ecstatic and you know you are onto something. So you continue to march forward.

Finally, at the fourth year, you reach your goal and make $1 million from your business.

Now, I would like to ask you, do you think that the first and second year contributed to your success and reaching your goal?

The answer is an absolute YES.

Unfortunately, this is what most people never notice. They thought that they can skip the first 2 years and go straight into the third year, which is the earning year.

When you try to hit the wall with a hammer, what would happen? Well, probably nothing will happen to the wall except for the loud ‘bang’ noise you make.

What if you continue hitting the wall, one time, two times, three times, four times…

And when you reached the 1,000th times, the wall started to break and you have just made a hole in it.

Do you think the previous 999 times contributed to making the hole? You better bet it is.

This is why every step counts. Sometimes we may not see the effect because the step is small, but somehow, the small step is definitely contributing your success.

So take small steps each day and one day, you will see the result accumulate and your hard work will come to fruition.

Be Consistent And Keep Going

You may not see the result coming your way right now, but whatever you do, be consistent with it and keep it going.

Successful people are successful because they are consistent in what they do. They do it every single day, day in and out, day and night, and they work longer hours than normal people.

What you do every single day is more important that what you do once in a while.

Thus, when you see someone achieves an amazing result in life, it is usually not because they are lucky, but because they have been doing it for a long time. They have been taking the small steps every day, for a long time.

Another very important key to remember about being consistent is to never change your goals too often.

Just like eating an elephant, if you take a few bites of elephant A and then change it to elephant B, elephant A will be left unfinished. So stop changing your goals that often.

Majority people who want to build a successful online business make this mistake. They started project A with website A. They put in some effort but when they do not see the result after a month, they switch to another project.

And when the other project is not working, they do something else. They are never consistent with their goals and what they want. They keep changing and they keep jumping from one business to another.

Never let this happen to you. If you want to build a successful business or produce remarkable results in life, you should focus on just a few goals and work on them until you reach them.

Can you imagine Lionel Messi suddenly said wanted to quit football and to play tennis, do you think he would have created the amazing results he had today?

So stick to your dreams and your goals. Work on them until you reach them. You can improve and upgrade your strategy but try not to change your goals that often.

Identifying Your Most Important Goal

So here’s what you can do. Identify your most important goal, break it down into smaller actionable steps and act on those steps each day.

You can have a lot of goals, but you must identify one that is the most important to you and work on it.

When you have too many goals, they may distract you from what you want. So find out what the most important goal that you want to accomplish.

Is it your financial goal? Or is it your health goal? Or maybe your relationship goal?

So do you know how to reach your goal now? One step at a time. And how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Imagine just taking 5 small little actions a day, you will have 5 small victories. After a year, you will have accumulated 1825 small victories; you will be 1825 steps closer to your goals and your dreams.

Do you think you can achieve what you want in life if you acted this way?

 

____

This article was written by Shawn Lim, a blogger, writer, and also an internet entrepreneur, who founded Stunning Motivation. 

Patience and Persistence Two Essential Virtues for Success

Patience is a fundamental virtue to achieve any conquest in this world and when coupled with persistence real feats are achieved. But patience is also one of the most difficult virtues to obtain and cultivate, so that almost every human being experiences pain and annoyance when circumstances force him to wait while they still allow him to continue to get the goals and objectives.

Unfortunately too many people confuse patience with complacency, because there are many people who are patient but do not insist on achieving something long enough to get it, but leave aside their goals and dreams because they see that there is a mandatory long-term effort, and then they install in a mental comfort zone settling for what they are accustomed.

The famous fable of the turtle and the hare nicely illustrates the principle of patience coupled with persistence, where the speed of the hare is beaten in the long run for the patience and persistence of the turtle.

When most people think of about success imagine something like an Olympic competition of a hundred meters, where they have to make a great effort for a short time to accomplish a goal.

Unfortunately this concept is totally wrong for success as progressive realization of a dream or goal that is worth is more likened to a marathon where strength, perseverance and drive are fundamental and are tested to hit the great oak of the goals, crush it and conquer it.

Patience coupled with persistence intervene in almost the whole life of human beings, for instance in activities so familiar as: studying a career, find a worth relationship, starting a business to grow and obtain a position on the market , develop a special skill, learn a second or third language, raise children, lose weight, quit a vice, establish a regular exercise routine, live and care for a disease, replace negative habits that it have to live with anothers positive to improve and grow, etc.. All these actions require exercise patience  attached to persistence, otherwise it is unable to make or obtain anything of value.

Among current enemies who oppose patience and persistence are:

The culture of the immediate promoted by the mass media where there is taught and promotes the excessive and immediate consumption of all kinds of goods and services. Using the bad debt that is the one that is acquired for instance by the use of credit cards where it is bought something by money that it does not have and that later is going to be received in the long term of multiplied form. The message that often promotes the consumer culture is ” to obtain something of value now with little or no effort “.

The rivalry among family, friends and acquaintances. In our experience as consultants to companies and individuals we have seen many individuals that impede their success because instead of focusing on developing their own skills, set genuine championships with their family members, friends and acquaintances to see who gets the most intellectual and material achievements in the shortest possible time.

This is a highly negative habit because it establishes a mandatory comparison of different talents and puts people in a permanent defensive and offensive painful competition where it suffers the accomplishments of others while they are ignored and abandon the own ones forgetting the value of patience and persistence to achieve progress itself, regardless of what others do. If there is competition should be primarily to overcome the own limits, not outsiders.

The Traditional Education and its system of comparing different talents and to place them in competition does that the persons often develop complexes of inferiority opposite to others and to those subjects in those who are not outlined, striking such an important exercise of the patience and the persistence to obtain a good performance in new or known areas where the results have not been the awaited ones.

Sitting around waiting for things to change without any effort or increased by a twist of fate or a stroke of luck. Here we refer to behavior that certain people have to escape from reality and not attack their goals and dreams actively with all the effort and long term, but with a passive and fearful attitude that easily resign to the impediments of the way and hope to enter back into action when a fortuitous change occurs. And while this happens evade the situation by devoting time that should be devoted to obtaining their achievements to other activities that distract their focus as: Watching TV, relax, socialize, etc, that have nothing to do with the initial purpose of obtaining a specific goal.

The mental timer that many people have, where at such age or time in their lives they should have or achieve such thing: title, position, family, property, travel, etc., and if they do not get it, it is a cause of guilt , torment and enormous frustration to live the present and the future. It should be clear that all we have in life hobbles and delays, from the geniuses or prodigies, normal people to those who have some level of mental retardation. We all experience delays and nobody has all the warranties or benefits to live a perfect life.

Necessarily in what is impeded in life it is necessary to apply patience and persistence. There is no another way of making it and waiting for miracles without doing anything in the matter and suffer the foreign achievements or make the things only for competing and win to others it´s a terrible strategy that brings lag, depression and loss of time.

Patience coupled with persistence also involves experimentation. And this means changing methods, strategies or plans for reaching a specific goal when it is required.

Patience coupled with persistence does not imply continue doing what does not work to get where you want. That’s stubbornness or obstinacy and here are certain people who refuse to do something different to fix a problem that cannot be remedied with the knowledge or current activities.

Let’s look at an example: a father or mother who is professional and employee in a service company notes that its level of expenditure increases because their children grow and demand more attention and see that needs new entries of money.

Then he comments the situation with his pair and instead of undertaking a different method as a part-time business: multilevel, online business or a offline business that has good potential of growth and expansion that demands initially a little time and investment, they decide that the only exit to go out of the economic narrowness is to request additional work to his chief by which it is placed with careful patience and persistence to work overtime at his employment of permanent form, with what it achieves that his income raises partially but with a serious level of physical and mental wear, which will not delay in demonstrating in a progressive deterioration of his health and of absence of time with his family.

Notice that the initial intention of the father or family mother of wanting to obtain new income to improve the quality of familiar life is valid, but to this patience and persistence it failed to add experimentation using a modern economic and more dynamic vehicle that it would allow him to obtain a better income, but without sacrificing in the long term his health and time with the family.

Patience and persistence are assimilated very well to a farmer who plants a seed or wait  a sprout of a plant. He knows that with the introduction in the land of the plant begins a process in time that should culminates in the grown of the tree or plant and the harvest of the fruits.

Any major project requires patience and persistence with experimentation, as demonstrated by the lives of thousands of people who have achieved goals that seemed impossible given their personal, social and initial economic conditions. But that notwithstanding the use of these two virtues crossed bridges and nailed their flag of conquest in places that were impossible, improbable and unworkable for others.

While it passes this time that they can be months or years the farmer waters the seed or the plant, throws credit, takes care of the land that surrounds it removing undergrowths and plagues that could drown or kill it.

Since a seed or a plant is sown in land it is exposed to the elements: water, sun, wind and light, and that a desbalance in one or more of these elements can drown, kill a plant, a tree or to retard a crop as in case of the intense droughts that are observed in the equatorial Africa where the seeds and the shoots must wait for long periods the epochs of rain and many people, animals and plants die in the process.

Since the farmer knows the importance of having a balance sheet of the elements for his sowing, he will join the patience with the persistence and will experience new ways of helping and protecting the planting in case the circumstances leave of an awaited order.

Finally after all the reversed time, the resources and employed care the epoch of the crop comes and all the dedicated efforts receive their abundant reward with a great crop that can exceed in many cases the initial calculations.

This royal simile that is applicable to many aspects of practical life shows us the importance of using the persistence coupled with patience, experimentation and use of recursion to reach the expected goals.

Let’s make it a good use of these virtues and qualities and with them we will achieve those dreams and most cherished goals.

Here are some practical tips to develop patience and persistence as bastions to boost the efforts and culminate in achievements :

  • Become aware that patience and persistence are to achievements such as air and water is to life. Be friend of these two virtues, develop them in your life and apply them as long as necessary. Later or earlier life examine and require you in these two aspects.
  • Clearly define your dreams into goals and divide them that force you to work hard in measurable time periods, weeks, months or years. A dream is a major goal which it is obtained by achieving smaller goals over time.
  • Face the road to your goals and dreams with the attitude of reaching them through continuous improvement, learning and recycling experiences.
  • Do not bet races with anyone but yourself. Remember that in what to success refers it is not a question of the speed, but of the resistance or patience and of the perseverance or persistence.
  • Your biggest motivation must comes from get achievements that provide you a different level of life. Not to win and show others that you can do better than them.
  • Discard the culture of immediacy. What is important is the process of getting and what you learn as you navigate your way using patience and persistence. This does not mean you should not force the pace when you can get there faster. Attack the achievement of your goals and dreams with passion and energy.
  • If really you want to obtain something more of the life, you must value the time that you invest in conquering your goals. This implies that you do not sit down to hoping that a stroke of luck changes the life but you act with fearlessness and aggressiveness after the planned goals dedicating the time to achieving them for the most part, not to wasting it in the distractions that take you off the necessary focus.
  • Forget the mental timer to examine your past accomplishments. We refer here to evaluate your life in terms of what you did not get in this or that time. What matters is how mentally design your future and put determination and action in the present. Patience and persistence together will reach any achievement, do not doubt it.
  • It’s good to be persistent, but persistent experimentation must be added. You cannot always do the same thing and expecting different results. Keep this in mind especially in the economic field.
  • It is clear the old saying: “Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet” Although you do not like to wait and keep trying to do new options do it, because the triumph may be closer than you think.
  • Invest in your mind, train it with new information across materials recommended of self-help and overcoming. If you do not change the information that limits you it will be very difficult to come beyond wherefrom you are nowadays

____

This article was written by Camilo Parrado, an editor for Create Global Future. 

Next Page »