So much of our struggle in reaching goals we set for ourselves is having the consistent discipline to make it a reality.
Consistency Plus Time
If you wanted to play the guitar for example, how is it that you are going to learn to play a new instrument? The better question is what can you commit to on a daily basis to learning the guitar?
In his book, The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson explains how this works.
You’re Either Going Towards Your Goals Or Away
Responsibility Vs. Blame
Olson makes this point quite clear.
“The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the failure curve is blame. The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the success curve is responsibility.” (Olson, 2018).
When we decide to take responsibility we have total control over the outcome. We also don’t blame others when things come up and we don’t do our daily work. We come back to responsibility and refocus our efforts.
“Taking responsibility liberates you; in fact, it is perhaps the single most liberating thing there is. Even when it hurts, even when it doesn’t seem fair. When you don’t take responsibility, when you blame others, circumstances, fate, or chance, you give away your power. When you take and retain full responsibility—even when others are wrong or the situation is genuinely unfair—you keep your life’s reins in your own hands.” (Olson, 2018).
How This Shows Up In My Life
I also want to learn to play the guitar. I haven’t found the level of commitment to get this going. I take full responsibility for this. I am going to start carving out 15 mins at night to playing chords and practicing one song.
The one thing I have noticed is that learning anything at the beginning makes it really difficult to stay focused. If you keep going, through the early stages, it starts to get easier. With Spanish, I have started to to put things together and it feels like I’m actually learning the language. This motivates me to do more to learn the language and I may do other things in order to accomplish this goal.
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