You’re thinking too big…

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams On Why Big Goals Are For Losers | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

I have a love/hate relationship with Scott Adams. On the one hand, I’ve loved a couple of his books (particularly The Dilbert Principle). On the other, I’ve felt that the overarching message of his comic strip is that the appropriate response to an intolerable situation is sarcasm and cynicism, (and quite a bit of the stuff he blogs is utter nonsense). This article though, is good stuff.

“Let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds so every day you weigh yourself and you’re like, ‘Eh, I’m failing’ even if you’re getting closer,” he explains. “You’re in this pre-success, kind of semi-failure, purgatory, emotional state. You’re not feeling like you’re a success.”

See, that’s a great bit of insight. Project yourself too far into the future, even if that projection is aligned with your goals and plans, will make you miserable. Being present in the moment – which includes scaling your goals and ambitions around things you can actually achieve and feel success from – is critical to maintaining a happy and positive attitude towards what you’re trying to do.

I also agree with his sentiment that the goal isn’t anywhere near as important as the willingness of the person or team working on that goal to actually put a lot of sweat equity into getting there. Talent is nice to have, but talent absent effort is nearly worthless. Effort and persistence, however, will nearly always overcome a lack of ability.

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