You Have to Go the Distance to Reach Your Goals

Go the Distance

I was recently coaching an individual who had a personal goal of starting an online business.

He was looking for me to provide an immediate solution to his aspirations. You could say, he wanted a magic bullet.

Frustration set in when I told him that there was not a quick path to success. Rather, reaching the goal would require traveling a long road of work and discipline.

Spend Less Time Making Decisions and More Time Owning Them

Make Decisions and Own them

“Where do you want to go for lunch?”
“I don’t know. Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know. Wherever you want.”
“I don’t care.”

This conversation happens too often.

If you can’t make simple decisions, how are you going to make the tough ones?

How Early is Early Anyway?

How Early is Early

We all know the “late rush.”

It’s not fun.

Hurrying to that next meeting. Driving too fast to an appointment. Or even doing less than your best work on a deliverable that is now overdue.

When was the last time you were early? To a meeting? With a deliverable? Or reaching a goal?

You might be wondering, “How early is early anyway?”

“If you want to change the world…”

Some great motivation and advice from Admiral McRaven. This is his recent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. You can also read the speech transcript here.

Beware Listening To Those Who Can’t or Won’t

Listen to others

The other day someone told me that they had a big idea.

Seeking advice and feedback from others, he was told his idea was foolish. He was told he couldn’t possibly do it. And that he would never be successful at it.

After hearing the criticism, this individual decided not to pursue the idea.

The “can’t do it” crowd was happy. They had convinced another person not to do something.

Beware listening to these naysayers, their sole objective is to convince others they can’t do things.