Lately, I have been thinking about the idea of getting better and advancing oneself. I realized, again and again, the irrefutable fact that making good decisions and following through with them, sometimes, must require some kind of deliberate preparation. The type of preparation necessary to equip us for the attainment of the goals those decisions point to.
Some goals just need a little a bit more attention than just the opportunity of merely lightning up in our heads. From experience, it is quite easy to make decisions in a state of high ecstasy. But afterward, when the euphoria disappears, and we settle into our normal everyday routine, we often find ourselves challenged and unable to execute the determined objective.
And the repetitiveness of our failure to live up to these expectations gets so overwhelming we find ourselves settling and giving up – sometimes without knowing it.
So I think one of the most important productivity hacks we could employ to preempt the possibility of falling short is good ol’ PREPAREDNESS.
With a simple example as “choosing to workout” to keep fit, it is for most people a new endeavor. It is something they’ve never done before and therefore not a natural habit. So to get up at 5:30 am to run, you would, apart from psyching yourself up, have to mindfully do other things that would enable you to achieve that goal. Like sleep early, eat moderately the night before and set your alarm to probably 5:10am.
With such intentionality (every day), it is pretty hard to miss the mark, and getting bummed out becomes a thing of the past.
What do you think?