You can set up quite realistic expectations and still fall prey to impatience once you begin implementing your plans.
Shift into Grind Mode
Don’t let the word grind put you off. It doesn’t have to be negative, anymore than routine. The idea here is not that you’re in pain or acting like a drudge, but that you don’t have keep switching back and forth from work mode into long-term planning mode. You’ve got the big picture figured out, so just take it one day at a time.
You must develop a mindset combining short-term focus and long-term vision. Thinking about your ultimate goal should be inspiring, but don’t let it (or its distance from your present circumstances) interfere with your daily plan. You know what you need to accomplish before you go to bed that night; do it with the knowledge that your goals won’t magically appear that afternoon. Rather, they will be reached on schedule.
Say you’re starting a new business. Go into it knowing you won’t establish a growing concern for at least five years. Budget for that. Prepare for that, or for longer. Don’t throw money at it, and don’t fret that you haven’t achieved instant success.
Never forget the reasons behind those well-informed schedules and plans you made before you began their implementation. You didn’t choose your timelines and action plans on a whim. You did your research. You knew how much you were going to have to save up before you could upgrade your software, how long it would take before you had a full staff, or how much you’re going to have to sweat to get your BMI down. Don’t lose sight of that knowledge.
Work the short-term. Look up at designated points to make sure you’re on schedule, and then get back to the grind.
Enjoy the Journey
Starting something new should not mean putting your life on hold. Yes, you have things you enjoy that you may have to sacrifice for a time, but these should be replaced with the joys and satisfactions of your new experiences.
One way to ensure this is to set up personal rewards for accomplishing steps toward your goal. I suggest you have a planned reward for a job well done on a regular reward system.
We’ll talk more about external rewards and how to manage them in their own blog post. For now, let’s concentrate on internal rewards.
Remember the faults of your brain and its way of hissing horrible things at you. That same brain may try to belittle your accomplishments and sneer at your progress. It may harken back to the status quo and try to reject this new life you’re making for yourself.
Ask yourself whether your brain is constantly harping on how far you have to go, how much money you’re spending, or the relaxation time you’re losing out on. Is your brain sabotaging your efforts?
Enjoy the journey. Look around. Take in the new experiences and the possibilities they hold, and never, ever let yourself belittle your new purpose, efforts, or pay-offs. You’re doing well, so make sure you let yourself feel that you’re doing well.