A Technique to Reach Your Goals Faster Without Struggling
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right.” ~Unknown
I used to think that getting to a goal only required tangible action. It was a simple equation:
- Study hard in high school = getting admission to a good university.
- Or, diet + exercise = losing weight.
Yet, life is not always that straightforward. It’s not always just about physical action.
Just a few years ago, when I was initially building my first business, there was something getting in my way, something that had nothing to do with the physical action I took. It was worry.
Building a business has the magical ability to bring any type of fear out in the open. Unexpectedly, I found myself thinking:
- What if it doesn’t work?
- What if my friends think I’m crazy?
- What if it takes forever to get somewhere?
- Why am I doing this?
It was not long before I realized that these types of thoughts were interfering with my progress. The more I focused on them, the less physical action I took for my business, and the more likely I was to feel burnt out.
Most importantly, the more I worried, the more likely I was to take the wrong physical action, the action that would count more as “busywork” rather than “effective work.”
I knew I had to find a solution out of this. Ugh, “If I were a robot, then I wouldn’t have any of these problems!” I thought.
Think about it: If we were robots, then these simple physical action equations would actually work. We would wake up in the morning, do our thing, stick to our schedule, and lo and behold: Our dreams would easily materialize. No struggle, no “I don’t feel like doing it,” no distractions, no “what if it doesn’t work?”
If we were robots, then our productivity would be close to 100 percent and we would achieve our dreams two times, four times, maybe even ten times faster! Plus, we would get there without struggle. Aahh, that sounds so nice.
I realized that physical action was no longer enough. We also need to be in the right state of mind—let me say, the “robot” state of mind.
If we only take physical action, then we’ll only be working harder for nothing. For example, if you want a promotion, you don’t only need to work harder; you also need to communicate your accomplishments so that others know how valuable your contributions are.
However, if you’re afraid to stand up for yourself, then you’ll be left feeling unappreciated and undervalued.
So to get the promotion, yes, you need to work harder, but you also need to overcome your fear of standing up for yourself.If you only work harder, then despite your hard work, you’ll still not get the promotion.
So the winning equation is: work harder + develop ability to stand up for yourself = promotion.
If you think like a robot, then you’ll stand up for yourself in full confidence. No problem! If you don’t think like a robot, then all sorts of second-guessing glitches may come up.