Like you, I have some very ambitious goals.
I haven’t accomplished them yet. And I won’t accomplish them by tomorrow either.
Knowing that to be true, I am able to be more focused and productive and less stressed in the present moment.
Without being patient, I start thinking into the future about all that I want to happen. Or, I think about the past and what I could have done differently to be in a better situation.
But I cannot control the past or the future. I can only control my thoughts, emotions, and actions in the present moment.
It’s not that I don’t think about my long-term goals. I do.
However, any goal worth achieving is going to take a long time. Months, maybe years. Decades if your goals are really big.
I’m not sure why I didn’t realize that until recently. Maybe because of reading Techcrunch and watching “The Social Network.”
So I think about what I need to do this month, this week, today, and during this twenty five minute pomodoro.
When I acknowledge and accept that my goals are going to require a tremendous amount of hard work and stress over the next several months and years, I’m able to achieve a calm focus. Then, I can execute on what I need to right now.
We know it’s going to be a long journey. But what we often fail to focus on the step we are taking right now.
So be patient and enjoy each step.