One of my biggest struggles is finishing something that I started.
I would always be excited and have all this energy in the beginning, but like a child with a new toy, the excitement fades away and the goal doesn’t seem worth doing anymore so I would just give it up and move on to the next exciting thing.
Although there is nothing wrong with having a lot of ideas, I wasn’t accomplishing the things I wanted to achieve by starting so many new projects and goals. I was actually diluting my efforts and wasting my time because I would never reach my desired outcome.
I have now learned a great way to stick to my goals. It came to me after I heard this classic story:
It’s the middle ages and there were 3 stone masons hard at work when a visitor stopped and asks each of them “What are you doing?”
The first stone mason said in a harsh voice, “Can’t you see? I’m carrying rocks!”
The second stone mason replied in a more resigned voice, “I’m building a wall.”
The last stone mason responded with enthusiasm, “I am building a beautiful cathedral that will glorify God for centuries to come.”
Who do you think felt the most fulfilled? Who would you bet on to achieve their goal?
Now every time I set or evaluate a goal, I ask myself the question “What are you doing?” and I listen to my answer. I have discovered personally that when I see the bigger purpose behind my goals, it is much easier to do what it takes to achieve it even if I don’t feel like doing it. If the goal doesn’t have a bigger purpose, then it is not worth doing because I’ve come to learn that time is my most precious resource.
So … what are you doing?
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Robert Chen is the founder of Embrace Possibility and author of The Dreams to Reality Fieldbook. He helps people who feel stuck move forward by guiding them to see other possibilities for their lives. He specializes in working with high performers get to the next level. If you're going through a tough time right now, check out Robert's article on How to Feel Better Right Away and if you're having trouble getting what you want out of life, check out How to Always Achieve Your Goals.
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