Article by: Doug Dvorak, Motivational Speaker and Trainer
As you embark on any new journey, you will inevitably have an idea in your mind of how long it should take you to accomplish your ultimate goal. For example, some new bloggers start out with great passion and write, write, write, day and night. They expect that within six months they will have a six-figure income coming in from their blog and then they are sorely disappointed when it doesn’t happen the way they imagined in the beginning. They end up feeling burned out before they ever touched any success and they give up before their efforts have time to materialize into the greatness they first imagined. Their mistake was in focusing on deadlines rather than goals.
Focus on Finishing the Task
Instead of putting all your mental energy into finishing a task within a certain time frame, focus on finishing the task period. If you really want to do this, you will stick with it no matter how long it takes. If you are a Type A personality who really wants to know how long you will need to work to achieve your goals, try talking to an expert who has already completed the journey. For instance, if you are starting a new blog and you want to know how long it will take to yield financial dividends, talk to an experienced blogger and ask them how long it took to start earning some income from it. This will allow you to have realistic expectation so you don’t get early burn out and give up.
Stay Motivated Towards Your Goals
Instead of setting your sites on personal deadlines, keep yourself motivated by setting smaller goals to serve as landmarks on the journey. If you are starting a new website, don’t focus on becoming independently wealthy as a blogger. Instead, make your first goal to earn $50. After you make that first $50, set another goal to make $100. Keep building up as you learn what it takes to monetize your online business and soon you will be independently wealthy. It just takes a lot of time and patience, but setting small goals along the way will keep you focused so you don’t get ahead of yourself and end up frustrated.
Learn to Enjoy the Journey
If you know upfront that the journey is going to take longer than expected, you can enjoy the time it takes to get there. With your eyes trained on the road ahead instead of on the end point on your map, you will have time to enjoy the scenery and really acknowledge where you are at any given moment. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey you are on. Keep a journal of your successes and failures and just keep moving forward, one small step at a time.