“If you set a task, follow it through.”
What do you think of this statement?
If you set a task, follow it through. It carries a certain weight to the words that a task you want to achieve, must be considered deeply before you affirm it and take action.
If you would just set a hundred different tasks and try to do them all, it’s likely that you will fail or do them poorly. You have not considered the consequence of what responsibilities you need to do to accomplish them. And it would be hard to accomplish them all.
Set a task carefully and consider all the obligations that follows, for you to achieve it.
Example: Say that you would like to have a great physique. What is a great physique to you?
- What is your goal? Do you want to compete, deadlift three times your body weight, have a six pack, or just lose some weight?
- How much time are you willing and need to spend on it? When you want to get a body that you are proud of, it often comes with new habits you might never done or thought about before.
- You might have to learn more recipes and become a better chef while making a habit of eating better foods with less meat and more greens.
- Being in the gym or outdoors following a workout routine with increased difficulty by weights or leverage with your own body making the exercise progressively tougher.
- To make more time for your new lifestyle you might have to cut down on Netflix and give up your video games.
- It might affect your current social life. Maybe your friends don’t like it and to achieve your goal you must decide to spend less time with them. Don’t worry if so, you will find new great friends in the gym to share your interest with.
It might sound like a lot of things to improve to achieve your task, but know, that it’s worth it.
Work on each separate skill and it comes together to a new interesting lifestyle with new knowledge that will help you through your life and increase your happiness. You will meet new people and make new friends.
This is why you need to keep your goals simple and few, if you want to achieve them.
At first it might be uncomfortable to break free from your old habits and end up procrastinating, but the more hours you put in, the easier it gets. You might break your new habit in the beginning, don’t worry. Just keep doing your task and reaffirm in your mind why you are doing it. Soon you will start to feel an itch when you think of skipping it, and get a really good feeling when you pushed through and did it!
You will get more energy.
You will become happier and keep a good mood through the whole day, because you are following your desire and what you want to do. You might even get a little angry, because the hours are not enough right now to work as much as you want to on your goal. Stay calm, and keep working on your desire. Soon you will find ways to have more time working on your goals, and how to reduce your distractions.
It becomes easier to relax and enjoy that book you’ve been planing to read, or spend time with your family because you have no weight hanging over you of “that thing” you must do. It’s already done for today. Therefore easier to enjoy your leisure time.
You will begin to form new ideas that will help you by bettering other areas of your life. By building new habits you start to expand your mind and knowledge of things you previously had no thought of.
Example: A couple of years ago my sister spoke to me about living foods and stop eating animals. My first reaction was “What is she talking about, living foods? She knows I exercise a lot and need my proteins to continue to get stronger.”
But she opened my mind and thoughts in a new direction I’ve never had. I began to think of the environment and whether I would become a vegetarian or vegan. Later I decided to live a vegan lifestyle and see if it was possible. And it was.
It was hard in the beginning, but given time, it became a natural part of my lifestyle. At first I only thought about our earth, how to limit our waste of resources. But just a few months in, I began to think of the ethics of keeping and slaughtering animals when there is no need for it. The thought came to me as a surprise, as when I started this journey it was only about the environment.
On your path to your desire, your biggest obstacle is yourself.
One of the biggest obstacles is self doubt. Doubting whether this will make a difference, or give value to others people life’s. Ignore it and follow your habit every day with the knowledge that you are on the path of success. Know that you are already successful by following your desire in life.
When you believe in yourself and your desire, nothing can stand in your way. You are happy to work long hours with no breaks. Food and eating is something that you forget about or an annoyance. Remember to set aside time to eat properly, to have strength to continue with your work tomorrow.
A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits
The belief of others hold little importance, in fact they mostly hinder you by pushing negative thoughts or doubts in your mind. Listen to some of it, and ignore most of them. While you have faith in your work and habits you do every day, to achieve your goal and enjoy them fully.
Only way to gain success, is to make time for your desire.
How do you make time? Say no, to things not related to your goals.
That means less netflix following your favorite tv show, less video games with your friends online, less time out partying and waking up with a headache and strong hangover.
What you gain in return, is worth more then any hours playing video games. And after you have reached your goal you are welcome to play as much as you want. As you accumulate more success, overcome your many difficult struggles and achieve things you never thought would be possible in your wildest dreams. You just might not pickup the controller again. Because now you have 10 other things you would rather do with your life.
I used to play a lot of video games. At times they were fun and challenged my ability to learn them and overcome their massive difficulty. And other times I played them because I was bored. Bored with the game, bored of my life, and still kept on playing. I knew everything about them and how to achieve my goals within them. I could use a level 1 character with daggers and given time, I knew I would complete the game. And yet I kept playing them because I was afraid to leave my comfort zone and do what I really wished to do.
I’ve learned to never quit what’s uncomfortable.
How I might procrastinate doing something and the thought of change is scary at times. Without change, we conform and get bored. Without change and goals we get depressed thinking what happened with our life as we look back through the years. It’s okay to fail, just do it again with your new found knowledge.
When you ask yourself, what’s next?
You probably know what your next step is. You are just scared of doing it, and what others might think of it. Ignore that feeling and do it anyway. Step out of your comfort zone and do what’s uncomfortable.
To achieve your desire once you’ve found it, you need to make systems and habits. Create a lifestyle around them and see that they always get done. A small step every day, and over time you’ve taken a thousand steps without noticing it. Until one day you realize how far you’ve come.
Whether it’s helping others, building a great body, earning money, creating great relationships, it all comes down to your habits and systems that you’ve put in place.
With the habit you do every day and having your goal in front of you. there is no other way then success.
“But it drains me and all I want to do is relax after work.”
Embrace the suck.
Keep working every day and give it your best every time.
If it drains you, you probably haven’t gotten good at it yet. Once you’ve done your new habit for a while you will begin to notice progress, and that progress will inspire you to keep on going. Soon you will look forward to building your skill and working on your goal, that you can’t wait to finish your work to get home and one step closer to your goal.
It might be a struggle first to step out of your comfort zone. just start doing 5 minutes of habit of your desire, it will shift your mindset from “uh, I don’t even know where to start”, to “Wow! I’m working on this little step right now and begin to see where it will take me”. If not yet, go another 5 minutes, and another until you start to see the fun.
As you keep on doing what you want, and building that habit of working and thinking on it every day. You start to form more and new ideas. Every thing you do seem to come together in little spurts of clarity as you keep on expanding your comfort zone. It might come to you while you are doing something completely else. Last couples of days I’ve gotten at least one great new insight of something every time I’ve taken a long cold shower.
Give your task serious thought.
Is this something you want to achieve?
Is this something you can make enough time for?
Set a big goal that you’ve dreamed of long to achieve.
Deconstruct it with small goals on the way, how you will achieve your big goal.
Go do it!