Albert Einstein once said: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different. Every year we start off the year wishing friends, family, co-workers, and everybody else we encounter, happy new year. Some people do the same things over and over yet they’re expecting some different out come. That makes no sense, it’s that’s INSANITY!!! Why would you keep trying to go through that wall, when you have tried over, and over, and over? Don’t you know that it’s easier to go around, over, or under it! If you have done something one way and it doesn’t work, it makes no sense to do it again that same way. Most people are frustrated about their school, jobs, health, etc… yet they don’t take the time to change things. I stand corrected, some do try something different, they just don’t continue, they stop shortly after starting. How many of you started working out in a gym or at home at the beginning of the year? It’s easier to start something, the goal is to continue long enough to see the results of your effort.
You see the results by starting with a plan. The plan should start easy and gradually increase in difficulty. Sure you can make it without a plan, it will just take you longer. Someone once said: you can’t hit the target you don’t have. If you don’t have a target, you will be all over the place. It may sound like I’m only talking about exercising, but I’m not. Even when starting a business, you should have a plan. Businesses start with a plan and the vision expands as you grow. The plan only guides you, you still have to do the work. That’s where most people fail, they don’t put in the work. You don’t have to see all the pieces to the puzzle to put things together, you just have to consistently work at it. You should work at your goal consistently, by prioritizing what you do. Each of us get so many thoughts a day in our head that are all jockeying for our time, talent, and attention. I try to write agendas daily although it can be challenging at times. What ever I don’t complete from the previous agenda, I add to the next one. The goal is seeing yourself making progress. You also have to place a time limit on what you do or what you are working on(this is a tip that can be found in my 50 student orientation book). I had to learn this the hard way, after being stagnant for a while. I had a doctorate degree in procrastination. Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us that procrastination is the thief of time. Continue to identify your targets, move forward and you will reach your goals, and remember: you don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.