This blog post will focus around the following quote: my long-term goals are worth more than short-term pleasures and entertainment. I read this quote a week ago and it has had huge implications for how I view things. While I am thinking about ways that I can apply and look at this quote, I also want to share with you how it can affect your decisions and behavior.
The first question is, do you have long-term goals? Do you have something that you are reaching for? Is there something that you want to achieve that is quite a ways off? This is a critical first move because it sets your sights on something. Now you can definitively say that you have purpose and are on your way to achieving something.
Once you establish a long-term goal, you work backwards to determine what the nuts and bolts of your days will look like. Have you examined yourself to see if the things that you do on a daily basis contribute to your long-term goal? I feel that this is where many athletes miss the mark in their goal setting strategy.
Most athletes can give you their long-term goal, usually because it is a results or outcome based goal. Most of us find pleasure in telling others about our long-term goals. They're fun and exciting to chat about. These same athletes often times struggle to give you their short-term goals. This is usually because our short-term goals are more process based and thus "boring".
The problem with not investing the same amount of stock into long and short-term goals is that our short-term goals are what hold us afloat when the long-term goal seems too far off. If you are intentional about setting your long and short-term goals, you realize pretty quickly that you cannot achieve your long-term objective without first passing through the short-term objectives. Our short-term goals are our checks and balances system.
So how do we begin to live out the quote above where we can forgo short-term pleasure and entertainment in the pursuit of our long-term goals? Have short-term goals. The trap with long-term goals made in isolation is that since they are so far off one may think that giving into pleasures and entertainment in the present moment will still allow us to reach our long-term goal.
This is not entirely false, but giving in to present wants and desires is often not in alignment with our long-term goals and can easily become a habit. Before we know it this is more of the norm for us and we may look up to find that our long-term goal is even further off now than it was before. Examine yourself realistically and see if your daily habits and choices are in alignment with your long-term goal. If not, it may be time to put some short-term goals in place to keep you on track. If you have short-term goals, perhaps it is time to scrap or revise them to better help keep you focused on what you are working towards.