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Dream Big Long-Term, Work Small Short-Term

When it comes to setting goals and trying to figure out how to reach them, I’ve done my fair share of experimenting (you can see some of the strategies here: The ‘I HAVE To’ List).

But of all of the methods I’ve tried, and all of the ones I’ve failed at, there are a couple of things that have stood out as being helpful, across the board.



Dream Big Long-Term

In “Measure What Matters” by John Doerr (which I recommend buying and reading, it’s like a $10 book with about 20 pages in it), he discusses setting objectives, or goals, at a level that requires more than the average amount of effort to achieve. He follows this up by stating that even if a person, or team, only achieves a percentage of their goal, say 85%, that this is still a success.

The thought process behind this is that we too often limit our potential by trying to set reasonable goals… yet it is the unreasonable goals that actually drive innovation and progress. If you’ve ever heard anyone say, “shoot for the moon and you might land on a star”, this is what they are referring to, and it’s more than just a simple saying.

Setting big goals with an aggressive deadline will quickly put you into a different level of drive and this is exactly where you want to be, to achieve your goals.

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The thing that trips most people up though, is that they become very impatient to reach their bigger goals. Many people expect to hit the gym for a week or a month and then decide to give up, because they aren’t where they thought they should be. Peoples expectations on how quickly they should find success is terribly misguided and is often the cause of people who give up too soon.

This is what makes Dream Big Long-Term valuable. It tells us to continue to aim extremely high, so that we can continue to innovate and grow, but it also reminds us that we need to be running the race with the tortoise mindset and not expect to reach the finish line so quickly.

You can’t fast-forward to an achievement you haven’t earned.

Work Small Short-Term

While we need Big Dreams to set us on the right path, being a dreamer alone won’t get you where you want to go. And while our expectations should concern the Long-Term, if we’re not making enough happen consistently in the Short-Term, we’ll never get there.

That’s why Working Small Short-Term matters and it’s all about staying consistent, quickly. We can have a goal to win a race, but the only way to reach the finish line is to start taking steps. And the person or team that can show up every day, no matter the obstacles, and take another step, is the one who is going to reach the finish line.

Working Small Short-Term means looking for the Little Victories and trying to obtain as many of them as possible, as quickly as possible. The thing that tends to slow down a lot of people, when trying to reach their goal, is getting too caught up in trying to make the right decision.

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Maybe they over think what their workout routine should be, or they spend too much time trying to consider every option out there, and so they burn a bunch of time and energy on just thinking… but the thing is, no one can make the right decision always (unless of course you can predict the future).

Something that might look like a sure-fire, right decision now, might turn out to be a terrible choice 6 months later. You might think it’s a good idea to go to the grocery store, and then get hit by a car on the way. Suddenly that sure-fire choice just took a wrong turn. Life has a funny way of working like this, isn’t it ironic?

The point is, don’t get too caught up in trying to make the right, or even the best decision. Start taking actions and steps that you think might move you forward toward your goals ,and along the way you’ll figure out which choices work most of the time.


Today

Often times we want to start up a new project, a new endeavor, a new workout, a new diet, or a new goal because somewhere, something gave us some great motivation. And we get all excited about it and then we say ‘Tomorrow‘ I’m going to start.

Tomorrow I’m going to suddenly change and become this new person. Tomorrow… tomorrow… tomorrow…

It’s always something that’s going to happen. “Tomorrow it’ll happen because I’ll be ready.” “Tomorrow I’ll wake up early” or “Tomorrow I’ll have all of my stars aligned and then I’ll be able to make it happen.” Tomorrow… later… not today….

There’s an old saying in professional sports and it goes something like this:

You’re only ever as good as your last game.

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What this means is that it doesn’t matter what you did yesterday or what you’re going to do tomorrow. What you’ve already done or what you say you’ll do doesn’t win championships. The past nor the future make any difference about who you are. What matters, what defines who you are, is what you’ve done today.

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What have you done today? What have you done today to reach that dream? What work did you put in TODAY?

70%…?

90%…?

110%…?

140…%?

Most people are living day-to-day giving out somewhere between 40%-70% of what they’re actually capable of. We wake up slow, we start slow, we move slow, we do a thing or two… and we say, “Tomorrow I’ll feel better. Tomorrow I’ll get a good start and things will just go. Tomorrow will be different

But this is a slow poison on the mind. When people do this, they are already setting the trap for their own failure because the truth is, there is no perfect start. There is no perfect time, perfect feeling, perfect level of energy, perfect level of motivation…. There is no aligning of the stars…

All that there is, is what you’ve done today. That’s it. What are you doing today, right now, that puts you ahead of everyone else? Ahead of everyone else that is fighting for that same dream.

If you think you’re the only person out there that wants what you want, you’re wrong.

While you’re thinking about doing what you want to do, other people are already out there getting theirs. Real winners are out there working and fighting for that 110%, that 140% every. single. day. And you’re still waiting for the perfect moment to even start.

Stop waiting for the right moment. The right moment is now. The moment is right now to go give 140% to what you’re after and what you want.

So ask yourself…

What have you done today?

The American Dream is a Lie

There… I said it… The American Dream is a bunch of bullshit. The dream that you can work towards something, achieve great success, and then hang up your hat and drink Mai Tai’s on the beach on some remote island for the rest of your life, is bullshit.

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“But wait Josh. The American Dream is what America is built on. It’s how we got our start.” Okay maybe… but… how has that worked out for you? Are you living the dream? Are you on the beach chillin with your feet in the sand everyday?

This idea that you can work hard for a short period of time in your life and then kick back and do nothing for the rest of it, is the biggest sham I’ve ever heard or seen.

This is one of the biggest problems with our past, current, and upcoming generations. The thought that we can make one social media post and go viral, we can scratch one lottery ticket and be a millionaire, we can start one business and then sit back and let the cash roll in, we can go hard ONE TIME and then the rest of life is going to be cake.

Bullshit. This is not how life works.

How many times do you hear of someone who won the lottery and then they are broke two years later? How many one hit wonder artists have you never heard from again? How many viral posts lined someone’s pockets for three or four decades? None. Not any of them. This is why the American Dream is a lie. This is not how you achieve anything worth achieving.

Trying to go hard one time is not going to get the job done. If you want to achieve something, if you want to hit your weight loss goals, start your own business, accomplish a massive goal… you better be ready to put in the work every… single… day…

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Success exists in those that go hard every day. No matter how much money they rake in, no matter how many championships they win, no matter how much fame and success they achieve, the best of the best go at it every day. No excuses.

Abandon this lie that if you dream enough it will all come true. That if you get lucky, one day, you’ll go viral, land a big contract, and be set. Throw this idea away. If you want to do something bigger, if you want to accomplish something, you need to understand that you are in it for life.

If you want to lose weight, you best understand that you will have to change for the rest of your life. You will have to diet and exercise every day. It will have to become a part of you.

If you want to be a writer, you best understand that you will have to write every single day. You will have to MAKE TIME, sit down, and do the work, every day.

If you want to be rich, you best understand that you’re going to have to get up and Out Hustle every other person in industry, every damn day.

My advice is to stop dreaming, stop thinking you’re going to get lucky with a little bit of work and that you’re going to be able to hang up your hat for the rest of your life. If you want to get some where you’re going to have to get up and go to work over and over and over. And it starts with Little Consistent Victories that you win, every… single… day…