Have you ever been on a path or course of action and started to wonder what you were doing? At times, it helps to “step back” from something to attain a new perspective. It seems hard to believe, but we can be giving our all to attain a goal and then lose sight of why we made the decision to embark on a path in the first place. Putting distance between ourselves and a course of action can remind us of the “whys.”
We must be able to see our goal or envision our end result, no matter how far away we are from attaining it. We don’t want to be buried in our tasks and never get ahead. Some people are task-oriented and are good at focusing on the task at hand but end up slowing down. Think about this: If something is held two inches from our eyes, it all becomes a blur. Try this: hold an unfamiliar photograph (or a page from a magazine) no more than two inches away from your eyes and you won’t have a clue what you are looking at. Then, hold it two feet away and the picture is clear.
By focusing on the end result, we don’t get discouraged with our tasks at hand; we stay motivated!
One area of life we often lose our way with or get discouraged is with our finances. We pay a bill here, another there, finance a car, buy insurance, and put aside money for vacation, kids’ college, emergencies and retirement. Day to day managing of finances is important, but it is easy to get discouraged if we seem to barely make it from paycheck to paycheck. We need to focus on the big picture. The money we have set aside for the future due to great decision-making will cause us to enjoy life more and protect us so that we will have a decent future. Balancing our finances for today’s needs as well as tomorrow is an important decision. The rising cost of living and unexpected life events will cause uneasiness unless we’ve planned for it.
The same holds true for anything we are working towards. Despite tasks we may or may not enjoy, obstacles, disappointments in things we can’t change, and circumstances we are powerless to control, when we focus on the positive results we will achieve if we keep at it, we will stay motivated and realize our goal.
Keep the prize ahead of you where you can see it!
Until next time…
Steve Anderson, Dream Engineer