When you’re working towards a specific goal but are having a bad day, it isn’t always easy to find the motivation to go on, isn’t it?
I’ve always thought the routine really was all that could save us from procrastinating and not realizing our life’s purpose.
But not having been able to have a proper routine for the past month and a half made me realize there is one more way to keep going. After all, I was making use of it extremely regularly without even noticing it.
While I have rather clear long term goals for my life, I am well-aware my own path all starts with learning how to write and share with the world. This was one crucial aspect of wanting to start a blog.
And it turns out it has been particularly useful to stay consistent.
What are your eyes looking at?
Again, it’s important never to forget our long-term goals, but they can be so far ahead it feels like we have to look through the fog in a deep forest.
And when we are going through a foggy area, we need to find whatever close object around or on the path.
Something close by that’ll assure us we’re staying on track instead of wandering way off beaten tracks.
When working on our craft as well, we need to keep the focus on what is just ahead of us and in our surroundings.
What will allow me to take that next step? What could start a path to differentiation? What will be the step right after that?
So I was quite lucky my long-term goals needed me to start writing online. Instead of being overwhelmed with the size of what I want to accomplish, I can focus on the next article.
And then the next and so on.
Even if you got lucky and the path you are walking on is a highway under a blue sky, nobody has a perfect vision that allows us to see clearly many kilometers away.
So even in the best-case scenario, it’ll always be best to have closer goals and clear them one at a time, on your path to the larger one.
Those mid-way goals are easier to accomplish and keep the mood high and you can thus look at the next goal and next and so forth.
Because, who knows? Your long-term goals may turn out to be a failure at first!
First of all, if you try to go straight for it, the risk to fail increases drastically. After all, you may just not be ready yet.
What about the knowledge needed? The connections needed? The audience needed? Do you have all that figured out already?
But it’s also fine to fail. We all need to learn more from our mistakes and the more small tasks you have accomplished before taking the final step towards your long-term goal, the more you can understand where you failed.
Instead of just seeing an overall failure, it then becomes a combination of smaller failures which can definitely be fixed for the next try.
And if your goal isn’t a fixed thing to do, which it often ends up being, it becomes all the more important to focus on the path right ahead of you.
As for me, now that this piece is over, it’s time to start working on the next one.