Discretion: This blog post is going to be a rant. No apologies.
So, you have your eggs (priorities), and I have mine.
Where Are You Putting Your Eggs?
For the longest time, I have been trying to balance out various projects/plans, and it has mostly led to some areas being completely neglected, and then I realize that I’ve been going back to dabbling.
I used to say to myself that I would crank out this many YouTube videos, come up with quotes on a daily basis to put on Twitter or Instagram, write a blog a week, study coaching videos in the morning before work, wake up at 5am and go through my morning ritual, all of these stacked one on top of the other. And adding meaning to this, doing all of this is possible, but right now – a lot of these things are not high priority for the time being and I have been treating it that way, when in the back of my mind I’ve been beating myself up for not doing it. This is a vicious cycle of ultimate failure and something had to change. How to achieve goals has been a constant challenge for me in my past, and I realize that my eggs have been spread too far.
Recognizing My Priorities
I am really intent on designing my own life, living life on my terms – and that includes being able to travel around the world when I want to (or at least having the financial freedom and schedule to do so without tripping over an employer’s rules). With that being said, the main priority right now is to create value in the world that will reward me with passive income. So, I feel like I’ve been cutting myself short by stretching myself out too long, juggling various activities. I was lacking the laser focus on how to achieve goals. I am coming in with the belief right now that:
…if you intend to get to where you want to go, you will have to give up some things in the name of something greater and give your undivided attention to it.
I had a goal that I wrote down in a previous blog that I will be making $500/month of passive by December 24, 2014 – and I admit that it didn’t work out. But no regrets. Why? Even though I had my reasons for wanting to create $500 of passive income by that time on a monthly basis, I realize that I didn’t know where to begin and it freaked me out. On top of it, I wasn’t reviewing my reasons on a consistent basis.
I’ve worked with my former coach, Sturle Strauss, on developing an RPM Plan for my biggest focus at the moment (online publishing), and he stresses how important having a purpose is. I completely agree and I’ve actually made blog posts on it before, but I’d get distracted and have to look back and say, “Damn, Gavin, you should really start doing what you’re writing about.” Sturle taught me how to set goals and how to achieve goals.
But you see, before, I didn’t have successful people to model from and didn’t decide on an avenue. I was lightly researching, or should I say ‘dabbling.’ Being a dabbler in life will not get me far. Going further than you’ve ever gone requires laser focus and knowing why you want what you are going for, treating it like your baby. It’ something that must be nurtured on a consistent basis, and I’ve only over this past 1.5 months have been ingraining that in me. I don’t want to work for an employer once I return in 1.5-2 months. That means I must sacrifice and bust my ass right now.
This post is not meant to get into the specifics about my endeavor into online publishing or what an RPM Plan is exactly, but it is meant to fuel a bigger fire in your heart to recognize where you attention has been and if that is making you a better person.
- Is your attention getting you closer to your goals?
- What is your most important goal at the moment?
- Why is it important to you?
- What would it mean to you if you accomplished this goal?
- When do you want to accomplish this goal?
- What are the resources you have to move closer to this goal?
These questions are just to get the gears churning in your mind. I will go through the RPM Plan in my next post and you will have a better idea about what my fire is about and where your fire is/can be.