Monday, January 6, 2014

Mapping Things Out and Staying Motivated

 For as long as I can remember, I have never been a good goal-setter. Pie-in-the-sky dreamer, that's me. Big Idea thinker, I'm your guy. But actually sitting down and mapping out a goal from soup to nuts? That's never been something that I am good at.

My issue is that, while I don't necessarily lose interest in the end result that the goal was supposed to get me to, I tend to lose steam pretty quickly, especially when I don't start seeing any results right away. The problem is, I worry that I will keep working at something, burning myself out, only to find out at the end that there was a much easier way to do something, or that the thing that I was working towards didn't make much sense after all. I guess I just want to feel that the work that I am putting in is actually going to bear fruit. I constantly feel that I have the habit of working hard, not smart. And the last thing I want to be at the end of the day is exhausted and looking stupid.

So, I want to start working on my goal-setting skills. I assume that this will mean that I will need to create a lot of mini-goals within the larger goals to keep me on task, and to keep me motivated. I think that this will work well for my financial stability goal (perhaps just aim to set aside a small amount per week at first, then increase the amounts when possible), my exercise goal (aim to start eating more balanced, and do one activity within a week, and then increase from there), and my organization goal (start with clearing my desk, then get to removing the actual trash from my apartment, then sort out what's left and move from there). I will just have to make sure that I keep the pace at a reasonable level, so that I don't get burned out too quickly, which is also something that I have a problem with. I sometimes let my excitement override my actual limits, and burn out so quickly to the point that I have spent one day doing as much as I can and then some, but then get soo worn out that I spend the next week doing absolutely nothing, if not actually doing things to counteract the work that I put in on that first day. Woof.

My friend posted this quote on facebook today, and I really like what it said:
"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment which you first find yourself." ~ Mark Caine  

So that's the plan. Let's see how it goes. Onward and upward.   

(photo above: a tight rope walker trying to keep his balance at the beach in San Diego, taken back in 2008 on a work trip. Man, I have some great memories of that job. Traveling 6 weeks out of the year, all expenses paid, and I really enjoyed the team I was working with most of the time. We were good at what we did, and had fun doing it. But as they, all good things must come to an end, as I wrote about it previously)

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