No matter what you wish to achieve in life, the success of your endeavors depends on two things; Persistence and Determination. In other words, your ability to decide what you want, and your constant efforts to bring it to fruition.
Only you can decide what you truly want from your future, but the good news is that you can always change your mind, and you aren’t limited to one choice. If you want to write stories, read more books, play a sport, learn a language, or all of the above and more, you have to be willing to work at it everyday.
To be fair, you don’t have to try and completely change your life in one day, but be clear with yourself as to what you are trying to achieve in the long term, and what you can do in the short term to get there. Goal setting is kind of a fine art, and after years of toying with it, I still don’t have my process down, but I can guarantee that regardless of your goal and how high you set the bar, a little bit each day is better than one or two days of intense activity every once in a while. It’s hard. There’s no getting around that when school, and work, and life get in the way. It can feel like several days of no activity means you’ve completely failed and should give up, but that’s simply not true.
No one is perfect. No one has a golden month or day or life in which everything goes exactly according to plan. You can spend twice as long planning your great life as you spend trying to make it a reality and those plans will still come to dust at some point. And that’s okay.
Discover your goals and dedicate yourself. Be sincere and kind. Is this a practical goal? Is it something you truly want, or is it something other people think you should want? Does the very idea of it make you smile? Make you happy? How can you start to incorporate it into your life today, tonight, this minute? Do you have five minutes to set aside, or ten, or an hour? Find your bare minimum and set a daily goal for 2 months from now. If you can spend 10 minutes a day now, see if in two weeks you can bump that to 20 minutes a day. Pretty soon you’ll be two months along and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start sooner.
Practice until you fail and then practice again. You will fail. You will fail at your goals, your deadlines. You will find it hard to stick to that perfect schedule you created. In each attempt and failure you learn something. Experience, good or bad, makes you better. You learn what does and doesn’t work for you, regardless of what works for other people and the more learning you do, the more comfortable you become with failure, and the easier it is to accept the mistake and move on. Remember: As long as you get up again, you haven’t failed.
Constantly question and reevaluate your efforts. Keep a journal or a time log. Measure your progress. In minutes, in projects completed, in efforts made. Keep a record of how those moments of dedication and failure made you feel, and then ask yourself why one day was better or worse than the last. Did you work at a different time? Watch something motivational before hand? Try a new technique, or abandon an old rule or habit? You need a base line on which to recognize your achievements and take advantage of them.
So what does this all mean? It means you can set your mind to something and as long as you keep working you’ll go far. Some days you’ll spend hours on the path you wish to follow. Others will leave you with only a few minutes logged, but those moments add up and a year from now you won’t be able to tell which days were which, only that you’ve progressed or that you’ve neglected your goals.
I believe in you and I believe that nothing worth having is given freely, but that we always have a choice to be better than the day before. So what are you doing today? What will you do tomorrow?