When we’re working toward a goal, we are essentially saying, “We are not good enough yet, but we will be when we reach the goal.”
The problem with this mindset is that we’re teaching ourselves to always put happiness and success off until the next milestone is achieved. “Once we reach the goal, then we’ll be happy. Once we achieve the goal, then we’ll be successful.”
Choosing a goal puts a huge burden on our shoulders. Instead of doing that, we can keep things simple and reduce stress by focusing on the daily process and sticking to our schedule, rather than worrying about the big, life-changing goals.
Instead of focusing on “I will write a book this year”, it’ll be better to focus on “I will write every Friday” then stick to it.
Instead of focusing on “I will lose 7 kg this month”, it’ll be better to focus on “the menu I should have each day and do a lil exercise every morning” then stick to it.
When we focus on the practice instead of the performance, we can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.
James Clear newsletter (January 22nd, 2015) – Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.