It always pays off to have a plan. A strategy. Specific steps you have to do in order to reach your goal. It gives you feedback whether you’re on track or off track. Yet, that will not always work out…
When the goal is too far, too hard to reach or too important, your best bet becomes the “Brute Force” strategy. You’ve got to use every weapon in your arsenal, close your eyes and have faith that the best is going to come (regardless of what it is).
While it takes all your energy, Brute Force pays off.
Use it carefully.
We’re constantly being reminded to set goals. Since a very young age, the advice that I kept getting is set a SMART goal. I think we have grown accustomed to this goals focused mind-set. I think that’s wrong. I doubt that a goals focused mind-set is any good for you. Here’s why I think so:
- Goals are destinations not journeys.
You’re either there, or not there. When you’re there, you’re happy but that only lasts for a day or two. You spend most of the time fighting to get there, however, you never celebrate the fight.
- We set our goals so high.
Because we are encouraged to dream big and be ambitious. If you like pushing yourself hard (like me), you set a high goal and you don’t reach it. You fall down, pick yourself up and plan for another high goal that you don’t reach. You spend some time in this vortex till you give up the whole issue.
- You acquire a destination oriented mindset.
Your day to day mental voice is shouting “Results, Results, Results!”. It becomes what you eat, what you think about, what your breath. Until the pursuit gets the best of your soul. You start serving your goals instead of having your goals to serve you.