There is a clear difference between a conceptual thought and the actual practice of everyday life. Today, we live in a stimulus-reaction driven society. We are always busy reacting to things – the phone calls, emails, business reports and our kids.
“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit. ”
— Elbert Hubbard
We try to balance it out. We try to have our own time, work on some personal goals and pursue personal/spiritual/professional development all at the same time. We all know what to do. It’s just that we fail to execute them. Life becomes burdening, overwhelming and we fatigue. How does Tony Robbins or Gary Vee do what they do? Are they faking it?
Goal-setting and using to-do lists are tools to keep our track amidst the chaos in life. It’s actually one of the most ubiquitous advice in the world of self-improvement. But one thing that all these ‘gurus’ don’t teach you is that we eventually burn out. Not everyone can sustain the high-energy output of Gary Vee or Tony Robbins. I’m here to tell you that you’re not Gary Vee – and you don’t have to be. Don’t fake it. You want to become better. But does that desire itself bring you down? Make you depressed?
It’s actually a vicious cycle. You accumulate goals over time, learn new things, aspire to achieve more and eventually, your list of to-dos become too much. As you fail to complete a task or reach a goal, you begin to feel underachieved. A sense of failure creeps in. Below are 5 steps to your daily enlightenment that will help you stay conscious and empower you to achieve your goals in life and have fun doing it.
“It is important to note that the most sensitive, self-reflective souls among us — those of us with the highest visions, ideals, and standards — often have the lowest sense of self-worth because we consistently fail to meet our idealized standards. George Bernard Shaw once remarked that the “ignorant are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.”