As I get older, it feels like life is flying by. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school worrying about my crush and getting good grades. Now I’m almost 30, worrying about my purpose in life and whether or not I’m putting enough in my 401k.
In the process of living and growing, we tend to forget that life is a marathon. Our society seems intent on training us for a sprint. “How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Week” or “How to Launch Your Business Today” type articles permeate the web. But those articles don’t teach you how to keep the 10 pounds off, when 97% of people who lose weight gain even more back. They don’t explain how to sustain your newly launched business, when ~50% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years. These articles aren’t for those who realize the need to take the future into account.
People want the quick fix. In our drive through, click bait world, we’re looking for easy answers. Building something that lasts takes preparation. It takes acquiring skill and knowledge. There’s no easy answer. Losing weight requires you to pay attention to the reason you gained weight. Those reasons may be emotional or purely habitual. Keeping the weight off requires that you challenge those reasons on a daily basis, changing your routines and habits. And that’s not easy. Owning a successful business means learning about finances, human resources, and inventory. It’s not enough to be passionate. You also have to be knowledgeable.
Contrary to popular belief, the human mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Trying to achieve six or seven goals at a time will lead to a half ass result for all of them. As the New Year approaches, try setting one goal for the year with attainable milestones throughout. In 2017, make sustainable change a priority, focusing on the long term. Take the next month to figure out what you can do to change your life and positively influence the lives of those around you. Focusing on yourself isn’t worth it if you aren’t helping your neighbor. Acquire the knowledge and then put it to work!
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