Get Lighter on Your Goals
by Jon Belt
We all have goals in one form or another, and some come to fruition and others die quickly. I’m talking about the big lofty goals because many times we want them to happen tomorrow. For the most part, we are all about instant gratification. We want it now. I want to lose twenty pounds yesterday, but why do my attempts always seems to lose self-esteem after a few weeks? There are many answers, Cal Newport in his book "Deep Work" seems to think our will power comes into play and that it’s finite, “Willpower is a limited resource. The more you use, the more you lose. So use it wisely during the day.” Whereas former Navy Seal and best selling author of "Extreme Ownership" Jocko Willink seems to think that his will power gets better throughout the day, and it all depends on how you start your day. “When you stay strong you get stronger...stay strong hold your discipline in place.”
“Willpower is a limited resource. The more you use, the more you lose. So use it wisely during the day.”
“When you stay strong you get stronger - Stay Strong...hold your discipline in place.”
Our huge lofty goals are great, and attainable if we are patient. If I offered you one-hundred dollars today, or one-hundred twenty dollars in a year, which one would you take? More than likely you will take the hundred bucks. I liken it to losing weight. If my goal is to lose fifty pounds and I had two options. Option 1: lose two pounds in a month knowing I would lose twenty-four pounds in a year and Option 2: lose twenty-four pounds in a month but know that I would gain it back in a year, which one would you choose? I probably would choose the twenty-four pounds quickly, because my ego will get the best of me and say “you’ll keep it off, let’s go the easy route." The fact is there is no easy route, to find lasting success we must be patient and work on our smaller goals to fit under our big lofty ones.
So let’s go easy on ourselves, and not set ourselves up to fail. Set those small lighter goals in order to gain momentum for your big heavier ones.
“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.