How many things have you started and put aside?
If you can answer, many, you are a ‘starter’.
Do you tend to get excited about doing something, start it, then get sidetracked by interest in something new. This can be a project, new career, hobby, business idea, investing idea, whatever, that has been put aside before completion for another.
If you can relate to this, you are also likely quite frustrated with the lack of money, satisfaction and happiness in your life. What’s the problem? You try so hard; you are always doing something yet no results.
Here is what is going on with the vicious cycle you are in.
You don’t have an overall direction in life to serve as a beacon to keep you on track. You have not set specific goals, targets or a path to serve as benchmarks in your progress. You are not managing your time well or sticking to appropriate tasks. Bouncing from one thing to another shows you are not fully committed to a big picture.
You are not benefiting emotionally from the accomplishment of anything. Your confidence is likely not what it could be. Your frustration level is damaging to your energy and motivation. There must be a, yea but, in the back of your mind when you choose to do things.
Now a picture of what a success cycle looks like.
The fact that you are bouncing from interest to interest reveals that you are not aware of your purpose. Discovering your purpose in life gives you a solid foundation as to what you should be doing. You then can determine specifically what to do to fulfill the purpose. Your purpose is what you are here to do to serve the world, and your work is something that supports that.
Seeing and feeling your purpose will reveal a deep intent and a strong motivation. You will feel more like you are on a mission. This is what will help you keep focused and on task. You will have power to take command of your thinking, directing your thoughts and actions towards what supports your mission.
The, ‘yea but’ I mentioned above comes from your inner self trying to speak of what you really should be doing as you are doing other different things. Without consciously knowing it you will not give your all to one thing while your inner self is yearning for something else. All the things you are doing are just attempts to satisfy you ego thinking. You may think they
When you determine what you will do to accomplish fulfilling your purpose, you then need to set up the steps that will lead you to where you are fully engaged with your intent to support your purpose. You don’t need to know exactly what each step is at the beginning, just enough to get going will do. You will discover more as you proceed in the right direction.
Accomplishing specific goals or targets along the way will give your confidence and motivation a boost. This is important in order to keep your energy and interest up at a high level. Continued accomplishment helps keep you motivated and willing to do what is necessary.
Daily planning and refocusing on the specific tasks to be accomplished each day is important. You must have a plan each day as well as the self-discipline to stick to it. It is so easy to get distracted with things that do not directly support your goal. You can actually be busy all day and not accomplish anything that you had set out to.
Time management is critical to your satisfaction and progress. There is not time to do everything you can think of in a day, you must learn to be selective in support of your immediate goal. This is reinforced with daily reminders of your purpose, intent and goals. Then set up a routine to plan your daily activities every day and be determined to stay on course.
Even if supporting your purpose includes several things, realize you can’t do everything at once. One thing accomplished is more motivation that three things half-done. Determine in what order the projects must be done in and focus your attention on what is important now.
Your personal development is your responsibility, take control of your scattered thinking and find the key to focused attention. Happiness and satisfaction come through purposeful accomplishment.
Copyright 2006 John Halderman
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John Halderman, a writer, speaker, and trainer intent on helping you bridge the gap between information and effective results with your personal growth efforts. For self-improvement tools, tips and resources to assist you with living an effective satisfying life, get the “Effective Personal Development Newsletter” along with the special 5 part series “Continuous Personal Development”. active personal development