There is Japanese proverb which states “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”
Indeed, persistence, or that not-so-common ability to persevere in the face of disappointments and setbacks, is one of the key factors that separate those who realize their goals from those who fall short.
Of course there is also that catchy, but annoying saying that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” (Thankfully, I’m not the only one who finds this irksome — admittedly, this other fellow is a psychologist too, but I’ll take what I can get…)
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My point is that we live in a culture that has led us to become fixated on instant gratification and the quick-fix.
Have you ever wondered what you are capable of? What the upper limit of your potential actually is? How talented you might actually be?
Here’s how to find out.
Be honest with yourself, and think about your career 5-10 years from now. Realistically speaking, what do you see? Not the ideal career that exists in rare moments of wishful thinking, but the career you realistically expect to have.
Take a moment to write down a couple of the images your mind generated of future you.
The importance of goal-setting cannot be understated. Yet very few of us actually do it, often because we aren’t quite sure how to.
If you found these helpful, here are a few more principles for effective goal-setting.
Put it in writing
Our brain is designed for efficiency. It tries not to work any harder or store any more information than is necessary. I’m guessing that this has something to do with why we tend to be pretty forgetful.