“I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline” Duke Ellington
One reason your goals may not get completed is because they don’t have a set time to be accomplished. You could spend months, even years, taking small steps towards your goals and never see them accomplished. It’s what I call the fear of succeeding; when small steps are continually broken down into smaller steps, creating a never ending sequence of action steps so you won’t have to face the difficulties required for success. Unfortunately, the same tools that are used to accomplish goals can also be used to procrastinate their achievement.
Tools meant to save time and help us move forward on a project can be used to waste time instead. The internet is invaluable when it comes to research, education, and learning new skills. Just as it can be incredibly useful, there are many distractions that can occupy your entire day such as social media, Netflix, and games. It is not enough to have or even use the tools of accomplishment, we must be vigilant in ensuring these tools are propelling us to our goals and are not used for procrastination.
Writing down your goal and working towards it separates you from the rest of the crowd; but to really accomplish your goal requires you to stand out from others working towards theirs. By setting deadlines that force you to complete measurable tasks regularly and by using your tools productively, you will be that much closer to accomplishing your goals.
Remember, stay focused throughout the process of achieving your dream and don’t settle for distractions.
Rogelio H. Charles