When it comes to setting and striving towards any goal, whether it be health, financial, relationship or career, it’s important to avoid getting stuck in the “all or nothing” mind trap.
Repeat after me…
Some-thing is better than no-thing.
Explore the example of a 10-pound weight loss.
After watching endless Instagram influencers and YouTube stars, you’re convinced the best path to success is as follows:
- 5 am wake-up call
- Daily workouts (plus a long run on Saturday and yoga on Sunday)
- 2 hours of weekly meal prep
- Weighing and measuring every meal
- 4 liters of water
- Meditation and gratitude journaling before bed
In rare cases, this routine may be kept up…for a while anyway.
But ultimately this degree of behaviour is generally short-lived and the ensuing failure (for the #475th time) could finally be enough to lead to submission for good.
In cases where it’s not a total disaster, at a minimum it adds to skepticism and eventual cynicism about the likelihood of finally improving one’s life.
On the flip side, we may believe that given our past lack of success, it’s not even worth starting.
In the end, we find ourselves fully embracing the master plan or not wanting to start because we see our efforts as eventually fruitless.
There is a time and place for these intense goal-setting sprints. Hyper-focused attention and dedication can help propel you through a “sticking point”.
Use them in small doses with a specific goal, outcome, and plan.