Life is full of distractions. Some are created by others but the vast majority we create for ourselves. It all starts in our own head. We start with one idea, but then others sprout up.
We want to start a business. We want to go to the party on Friday night. We want to watch our favorite TV shows. We want to go shopping. We want to learn Spanish. The list is endless.
When your head is full of a bunch of different ideas you tend to feel paralyzed. You do a little of this. Then you do a little of that. Then you go on to another idea. You are not really getting anything constructive done. You are just spinning your wheels.
How do we break that cycle of endless distractions?
Think for a moment about someone who desires to start a cleaning business. That’s a great idea. But that person also wants to start a carpet cleaning business too. They also want to have a full service property management firm. The one idea was great, but all three together at the same time is not.
In a sense all these great ideas cancel each other out when you want to do them all at the same time. The fact is you can’t do them all. There is an old saying that states “the more you pull yourself in different directions, the less likely you’ll arrive at your destination”.
Breaking that cycle of distractions boils down to picking one big idea to run with then spending all your time making that idea come true. This is important because the more ideas you try to make happen, the more you sabotage your effort on the one big idea that matters the most.
Conquering your goals is within your reach
Most people fail at reaching their goals not because they lack the talent, but because they spread their talent around too thin. To reach goals – especially big ones – you need all your talent in one place, focused on one thing at a time. The better you are at this, the more success you’ll have at reaching your goals.
Pretend for a moment that you had a goal you wanted to achieve. It was very special to you. But now pretend that your very existence depended on reaching that goal. If you didn’t reach it you would be six feet under. Take it a step further and pretend that everyone you love also depended on you achieving that goal.
If that were the case the odds would be high that you would drop everything to make that goal come true. You would work day and night and do everything in your power to make your dream a reality because you knew how much depended on it. If you can imagine that, then it’s likely you can reach any goal you set!
It’s also a good idea to aim high because the bigger the goal the bigger the reward generally is. As a result this bigger reward makes all those sacrifices you need to endure worthwhile. If you think about it for a moment it makes perfect sense. Small goals aren’t worth making big sacrifices for, but big goals are.