This is part 2 of our series "Common But's". If you would like to read part 1, "It's too Hard!" click the link and catch up!
We live in a microwave society. We want and expect things to be done quickly without a lot of commitment on our part. Shockingly this isn’t how things work. Big goals like getting a degree, getting in shape, starting a business, and strengthening a relationship, take a big time investment and commitment.
When you are on the outskirts of starting a goal it can seem insurmountable when the timeline to completion is a few years. It can be easy to think I can never get this done, it will take forever! Don’t let your mind go there, take the emotion out of it, try and think rationally.
Let's pretend your goal is to get a Master’s degree and it will take 2-3 years if you go part time. Yes, it can seem like a long time to finish especially if you are working full time, BUT if you don't start the Master’s program now, 2-3 years will still pass and you will still not have the degree. Time is going to pass regardless so you might as well be accomplishing your goal during that time!
Now here is where you can use emotion to your advantage. When you are staring at a time consuming goal, think about what it will feel like when you have accomplished it versus how would you feel if you don't even try. Regret is a horrible feeling to deal with. Anything worth doing takes time. Make the commitment and investment to make it happen and don’t let the excuse of it taking too long get to you!
J. Matthew King, Co-founder