Your eyes navigate across the screen. The cells slowly get filled in as you compile the monthly numbers.
Don’t forget to buy cabbage on Sunday.
You add a chart. You clear a column.
I wonder what Greece is like…
Your boss calls you. You chat about the usual; what so-and-so said in the meeting; what ball your coworker dropped this time; who needs to be sent the report once finished.
What’s the average height of a dog?
You hang up and get back to your report. You can’t remember where you were. Everything is so cloudy today!
I should reach out to Charlie. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time. …
“How’s that sound?”
Your boss is explaining the new goals you need to start pursuing. Triple the company’s Twitter follows, increase engagement, and drive new sources of revenue.
“That’s fine,” you respond.
It doesn’t matter what you say. You know you won’t be able to get there — you never have and you assume you never will. You don’t feel bad though, because everyone feels the same way. Management assigns the goals, your boss dictates them to you, you work your absolute hardest, and then you come up short.
Around and around you go. Goody.
There’s nothing wrong with being assigned goals by others. It’s not as good as creating the goal for yourself, but it’s not terrible and it’s how a lot of organizations operate. Without their knowing it though, they have set you up for failure. …
You’ve always admired runners. You’d watch them as you drove to work; wondering what gave them the confidence to jog about in front of everyone.
Personally, you’ve never been the most athletic.
And when you did play sports, you always felt self-conscious about your form. Your arms move too much. Your feet land funny. It’s awkward and you feel silly. So you just don’t run. But the admiration for those runners is still there.
And one day, you decide that you’ve had enough of your negative self-talk.
You say to yourself — So you’re not a great runner. Fine. Who cares? No one! I’m going to go out and prove myself wrong. …
You’re excited, but also overwhelmed. In the course of one afternoon, you’ve managed to set a wide array of goals for yourself. Goals like:
It’s a lot, yet it’s also inspiring. You feel really good about your goals and can’t wait to start working on them. But.. …
I’m nearly finished going through the book, Goals by Zig Ziglar. I’m listening to the audio version which is essentially a series of his recorded seminars.
Why listen to a book on goal setting? Well, though I do my best to teach goal success to the highest degree possible, there are surely things I can be doing better. Hence, the reason I consume so much goal-related material.
Anyways, back to the book.
What’s great about this book is how motivational it is. Ziglar does a thorough job lifting you up, making you feel like you can take on the world. It’s very similar in that way to Failing Forward by John C. …
The afternoon sun casts a dim glare across your phone. It sits, resting, next to the laptop where you are casually scrolling through Facebook. A faint sound emerges. A rattle of sorts. It’s a notification making itself known across your devices. It’s from your boss.
Come to my office.
You stand up, hesitantly, and make your way past the shiny white tables which separate you from the conversation you’re about to have.
You reach the door, take a breath, and go in.
The sun drops a little lower in the sky. Minutes pass. Eventually, the door opens and you exit from the office within. The eyes of your fellow desk dwellers look to you in anticipation. …
It’s quite easy to tell if a goal you set for yourself is unrealistic. The bigger problem, however, lies at the root of goal setting itself. Most goals look something like this:
It’s the common structure that people generally follow when it comes to goal setting; choose an end result out of the air, throw a date on it, and see what happens. And it’s that format that causes most people to miss their goals.
There’s a better way to do things.
I’ve already spent a great deal of time covering the aspects of proper goal setting. Of which, you can review…
There’s a fire burning. You’re not sure where. Somewhere in California, you assume. California always seems to be on fire this time of year. You don’t really care about California and its drama though. What you care about is the annoying smoke preventing you from going outside.
Preventing you from achieving your exercise goal.
And it’s for that reason that you now look towards the West Coast with an air of annoyance. Get your home in order, California! You’re ruining my goal!
Here’s the thing though — conditions rarely stay ideal for too long. It could be fires in California or snowstorms in New Hampshire, the gym could be closed or you may be recovering from an injury. …
A smile works its way across your face. Your heart beats a little faster, your hands begin to sweat with excitement. You finish typing, lean back in your chair, and review the goal you just set for yourself.
Do 100 crunches a day, five days a week.
It’s going to be tough, but you don’t mind tough. Tough is nothing. You’ve done much more challenging things in your life and this will be no different. You’re proud of your goal and now eagerly look forward to starting on it first thing in the morning.
But morning is still so far away and you want to keep your smile going. …
Before the Great Depression of the 1930s, we had already experienced a Great Depression.
It was in the late 1800s and we actually called it the Great Depression until the 1930s rolled around and everyone was like — Oh wow. This definitely feels greater than that other depression. Let’s change the names.¹
Between the late 1800s and early 1900s (prior to the 1930s depression), the United States went through even more tumult; some for better, some for worse.
In the span of a few decades, the people experienced World War One, electricity in their homes, the women’s suffrage movement, the introduction and mainstream adoption of cars, and planes, and movies, and phones. …