August 2010

Your goals might have started out well meaning and inspiring, but somewhere along the way they turned into taskmaster-like tyrants. Running your life, making you feel inadequate; giving you a persistent feeling that there’s always something “more” you could be doing.

So you start to wonder… maybe I don’t really need goals. Maybe goals are the problem. Maybe I just need to accept things the way they are, right now. Then you might think…

Maybe I should kill my goals.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the race for more. Sometimes I get to the end of the day and think about all the things I didn’t do or could have done. And it’s hard not to feel a bit letdown.

Yesterday, there were a lot of things that I wanted to do that I didn’t get done:

  • I didn’t create a reshoot a video for Paid to Exist that I’ve been wanting to do.
  • I didn’t do any strength training.
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It’s interesting to me how often we are totally wrong about what is possible for us. Us humans aren’t very good at predicting things, particularly when it comes to predicting what we’re capable of. A lot of that has to do with the assumptions we make about ourselves and the world.

And a lot of those assumptions are wrong.

That’s because success isn’t tied to experience and practice, as much as it’s tied to choice. That can be a bit uncomfortable to accept, but it’s often the truth.

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