The quickest and most efficient way to achieve a goal is to choose a single target and only do activities that place you closer to that goal. We only have so much time in the day and to try to achieve everything, will only lead us spinning our wheels and getting no where. We may feel busy and productive, but in reality, we’re just staying busy by procrastinating.
This is where the hard part comes in; eliminating actions that don’t bring us closer to our goal. This means saying no, more than it means saying yes. A lot of us have ‘shiny object syndrome’, as well as the ability to get distracted very easily. I’m not even referring to things like social media, TV, wasting time etc.
I’m talking about trying to accomplish everything all at once. Most success is cumulative not concurrent. We will find it hard to achieve the simultaneous goals of a relaxing holiday whilst submitting our yearly tax return. Nobody has ever held the 100m sprint record and the best marathon time simultaneously (unless you can prove otherwise). So why do we try to do this with our own life? Narrowing this down to simply athletic endeavors, we still try to achieve too much at once. It is simply not possible to be the strongest, thinnest, fastest runner with the highest box jump and ability to complete a triathlon. By becoming a jack of all trades, we lose out on being the best at any single activity.
As much as we want to be the best at everything all the time, we must simply narrow down our focus and place 100% of our efforts into achieving that one task. Once that task is achieved, we maintain it for a while and then move on to the next. Over time we accumulate one goal after the other and these lead us to a great list of accomplishments accrued over a long period of time.
Six areas of life, where I like to focus on in developing my life are
I like to pick one overall goal for the year and break them down into smaller chunks to be accomplished over the course of the year. I don’t have a balanced life, when accomplishing one goal, I am in essence ignoring the others, until the time comes to focus on my next task.