Most people will fail to achieve their goals this year no matter how excited they were when the year began. They’ll get distracted, discouraged, or overwhelmed at some point, and give up.
Everyone gets sidetracked on the path to their goal at some point. The journey is never as straightforward as we imagined it would be. When we realize we’re not as far along as we like, or it’s not as easy as we imagined, we can lose motivation.
Few people will be willing to start again when they’ve gone off track. It can seem easier to give up on your goal, and tell yourself it didn’t matter that much. But if you keep giving up on goals you can “suffer from creative constipation which breeds toxicity”, as author Charlie Gilkey says.
- Have you been working on a big goal for a while and at this moment you’re doubting yourself?
- Did the summer, or a new series on Netflix, or a million other things get in the way and you’re not sure how to get motivated again?
- Or did you start the New Year full of excitement about your goal and now you can’t even remember what it was?
You can be the one who’s in the 8% of people who succeed. Simply decide to start again. Remember your goal and why you wanted it. Now, rather than focusing on the goal, which is off in the future, decide on the action you will take each day to move you closer to it. Then commit to doing it for the rest of the year.
In movies, the hero faces a great challenge in the third act. It’s overcoming that challenge that makes the hero our hero.
You’re in the third act of this year. Finish strong! Starting strong is easy. Finishing strong makes you a hero
Be a hero this year,