Archive for February, 2007

Why The Tortoise Really Beat The Hare

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Being distracted from your goals is one of the biggest problems we all face, and I’m going to talk about the biggest distraction of all … LIFE!

Yeah, you heard me life … life has a tendancy to distract you from your goals. You’ve got all these wonderful ideas of what you want to achieve in life, all these goals, yet you find yourself getting caught up in the house work, in your job, in the shopping, in going out with your friends, in your kids, in …

You know what I mean, don’t you?

Life throws challenges at you to see if you are serious about your goals and attempts to distract your from achieving them.

Why would life do that, you may ask. It doesn’t sound very fair.

Honestly, I have no idea, but I know it does. I think it’s part of a testing process, to see if you are serious about your goals and really wanting to achieve them. They do say that if you get something too easily, you’ll not appreciate it, which I feel is right. When you’ve had to struggle and work for a goal, you really value it when you get there.

Whatever the reason, the reality is that life does distract you from your goals and distract you rather well.

So what can you do to avoid these distractions?

You could try living in a cave in a loincloth, but how long before getting cold or missing your creature comforts distracts you I don’t know.

A more practical method is the baby step method. It’s about taking one step at a time, taking one small action at a time that brings you closer to your goals.

I have a friend who wants to be financially free. Some years ago he had a brain tumour removed, woke up from the operation and realised that working himself to death for someone else was not what life was about. So he decided he was going to become financially free and enjoy life.

I’ve spent a lot of time interviewing this friend because his attitude to life is infectious to say the least.

Anyway, his tactic is to make sure that every single day he does a minimum of one thing that brings him closer to his goal of financial freedom.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a big thing or a small thing, so long as every single day he does just one thing.

Interestingly, he’s been doing this for about three or four years now and is getting close to being able to quit his day job and have enough income from other sources to support himself.

Sure he may have been able to achieve it quicker by doing more each day, but he may well have overwhelmed himself and not done anything.

His simple strategy has allowed him to replace his day job income in 3 or 4 years and makes sure he’s happy and enjoys life.

Now life is going to distract you from your goals, but just vow to do one thing every single day that brings you closer to your goals … in a year you will be 365 steps closer, in ten years 3650 steps closer … and I wonder how many steps it will actually take for you to reach your goal?

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Why People Get Distracted From Their Goals

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

In a recent survey I did, just over 47% of people get distracted when working towards their goals.

What exactly is it that distracts you? I’d love to hear, so please drop me a line and let me know.

I’m going to talk about it from my own experience and from a discussion I’ve just had with Nikki whilst watching (dare I say this) American Idol.

A lot of people are coming on American Idol determined to be the next Idol, yet they can’t sing, can’t dance and have no personality. When they are told No by the judges, they get angry and upset wondering why they were rejected.

Now, they’ve got a goal … to be the next American Idol, but they don’t want to do any work to achieve their goal, they want it handed to them on a plate whilst they sit around and enjoy their fame and fortune.

This indicates something to me, which I will explain in a moment.

Now, look at the people who get through, particularly the people who have turned up season after season and been rejected, yet have got through this time.

Why did they get through?

It’s because they had a goal (to be the American Idol) and they worked consistently towards it by improving their singing, taking vocal lessons and so on.

Any wonder why they were more successful than the people who took a singing lesson or whose mother said they could sing?

The people who get annoyed and frustrated are the people who do not want to work towards their goals and want it all handed to them on a plate.

One of the major problems with setting and achieving goals is that you get distracted because it appears that achieving your goal is a lot of hard work.

This happens if your goal is too big or too far out of your comfort zone.

For example, if your goal is to earn $1,000,000 a year, but you can’t imagine having $100 in your hand, achieving your goal is going to feel almost impossible.

So the key is to break your goals down into smaller more manageable chunks that don’t make you think “How on earth am I going to achieve it”. If you feel your goals are too big and unattainable then this laziness factor will kick in and you’ll find yourself doing anything except working towards your goals.

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