Dare To Live Without Limits

Bryan Golden

Tackling difficult tasks offers biggest rewards

Anything worthwhile in life takes effort. Yet, it’s the prospect of this effort which causes procrastination. Although there is a tendency to put off life’s difficult tasks in favor of easier endeavors, it’s conquering the difficult tasks which offer the biggest rewards.
Build your motivation to accomplish a difficult task by first identifying all of the benefits which will accrue once successful. This focuses your mind on the joy of the destination rather than the rigors of the journey.
Set aside any small stuff which provides little or no benefits. This includes any busywork which doesn’t move you closer to a goal. Focus your efforts on being productive, not just active. Cutting free from meaningless tasks frees you to devote your time to more valuable pursuits.
Identify exactly why you feel a specific task is hard. Often, your mind tends to make things seem worse than they really are. You may be labeling an entire goal as difficult, when in reality there is only one challenging step.
Once you have determined which step or steps are challenging, you can direct your energy to figuring out an effective approach. Typically, just breaking a challenging task into a series of small steps enables you to get through the difficulty.
The smaller the steps, the less intimidating they are. All goals are reached one step at a time. A goal can be made to appear more difficult than it is if the steps are too big. All journeys consist of a series of steps, regardless of how long or arduous.
You may feel you don’t know enough to reach your objective. Don’t get overwhelmed by things you don’t know. Start with the things you do know. When you do need additional guidance or expertise, look to those who have already accomplished what you are striving for. Hiring an expert or doing your own research are other options.
Negative attitudes are self-defeating. If you don’t think you can do something, you won’t. If you think something is impossible, it is. Your brain won’t let you accomplish anything you believe is impossible. Self-doubt is a powerful roadblock. Negative self-talk programs your mind for failure.
Trying doesn’t work. When you give something a try, you leave open a backdoor to failure. If you don’t succeed you can claim, “Well at least I tried.” Accomplishing a difficult task requires a can-do, will-do mindset. Have faith in yourself and your abilities. Be determined to do whatever it takes to reach your objective.
Eliminate all excuses for failure, especially, “I can’t do it because it’s too difficult.” Attempting to justify why you can’t or won’t start, or be successful, ensures you’ll never accomplish a difficult task. A long list of excuses can be replaced with just one reason you can and will succeed.
Ignore naysayers. These people are always ready to tell you why you can’t or won’t reach your goals. Don’t pay any attention to what these critics say, think, or do. The only thing that matters is what you say, think, and do.
Don’t be deterred by obstacles. The more difficult the task, the more challenges you will encounter. This is normal and to be expected. Every challenge can be overcome. Each problem can be solved. If you stumble and fall, get back up and keep going.
Redefine impossible as It Means Possible. Too many people avoid difficult tasks because they require more effort. “It’s impossible,” is an all too common excuse. For every goal someone claimed to be impossible, someone else has proved them wrong.
With drive, determination, discipline, and commitment, you can and will accomplish difficult tasks. If you haven’t already done so, set your sights on at least one difficult task today.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2023 Bryan Golden


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