Long Term VS Short Term Thinking 💭 -
We are encouraged to focus on the end goal. Long term. What we ultimately want. When things get tough, we need to remember why we are doing what we’re doing and what the end result will be. I think this is important and keeps us connected to our goals. I believe we should start every morning focused on what it is we want, which can’t help but catapult is towards our goals. However, I think this also romanticizes our goal. It makes our goal seem like some big far away thing that will happen way down the road from now. Too much focus on the end goal creates impatience, dissatisfaction with our current situation, and makes it easier to have an unproductive day when there are 197 of them between us and our goal. Our end goal should remind and propel us, but not become something of “some day...”
We are encouraged to focus on short term goals to reach our long term goals. Win the day, focus on our daily habits, be present, enjoy the process, etc. It is true long term successes are composed of little wins each day, like bricks in a wall. However, when we’re focused on the day to day and not our overarching WHY, it can also lead to impatience (“I’ve done X and Y, why hasn’t Z happened yet!?”), burn out, loss of passion, etc as we go through the daily motions without reminding ourselves of why.
Like with anything in life, being successful requires balancing these two forces. It is important to remain connected to our overarching goal, all while remembering “someday” will inevitably become “today”. It is important to build daily habits which will result in our success, but not become so caught up in “the grind” we’re left rigid and uninspired. How do these two forces affect you and how do you use them to your advantage?