A “vision”, a “reason”, a “why.” This is what all successful people have in common – a clear future orientation. They take the time to analyse their choices and behaviours in the present to make sure that they are consistent with the long-term future that they desire. And having a clear idea of what is really important in the long term, makes it much easier to make better decisions in the short term.
If something is important, it has long-term potential consequences that are in alignment with the desired future. If something is unimportant, it has few or no long-term potential consequences and will only hinder the desired future. Now, before starting anything, ask yourself this one question: “What are potential consequences of doing or not doing this task?”
“You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.” – Ezra Taft Benson
Consider The Consequences
I came across this question a while ago in a book titled ‘Eat That Frog!’ by Brian Tracy. It’s a book explaining 21 different ways to stop procrastination. I use this question to help me re-focus on my long-term goal as a freelancer and my passion for writing. Whenever I’m lost in my work or when I feel like procrastinating, I would consider the consequences. Not only in my work but also in certain life decisions, such as health and self-education. It reminds me of the long-term goal I have envisioned.
Tracy explained in his book that successful people are those who are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short-term so that they can enjoy far greater rewards in the long-term. Thinking frequently about the potential consequences of your choices, decisions, and behaviours is one of the very best ways to determine your true priorities in your work and personal life.
Of course, we all wish to do our whole to-do list. Who wouldn’t? However, there is never enough time to do everything. So, Tracey suggests starting by doing the highest value activity with the highest impact that can make a real positive difference in your life and career. Even if it means doing the most unpleasant task first. This way you make the most valuable use of your time with no regret. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Role of Patience
We’re all aware of the fact that decision making can be an extremely complicated task. It’s a mental process that requires a lot of patience and vision. What I have learned through exposure to reality, is that successful people make decisions based on where they want to be and prepare for the consequence that comes with each short-term decision.
Besides consequences, there are also risks involved, uncertainties that will create doubts, complexities that will make it difficult to execute. Fighting your internal conflicts and doubts demand courage and confidence. Once you patiently sail through all the barriers, you see the light of success.
Not every decision of your life or related to your career will pay off, but that’s the beauty of decision making. The change may be scary, but it’s better than living in regret of not making it. Bearing risks is something that makes people adopt a different approach to achieving success. And the fact of life is there’s no easy road to success, you must make your way through it. That’s the role of patience in long-term thinking, it’s a pushing force that will guide you to try harder every next try and not to walk away.
Recognise Short-Term Health Values
Here is the other side of the spectrum: Many driven people with a long-term investment mindset get far too little sleep, forget to eat, and don’t exercise at all. While they see these behavioural decisions as needed and worthy sacrifices in pursuit of their long-term goals, the consequence is that they’re undermining their effectiveness in the short-term and longevity in the long-term.
Simple behaviours, such as having enough sleep, nutrition, and exercise can save you hours of time each day in lost productivity because you’re working with your body instead of fighting against it. So, which seem to be the better decision?
Find The Right Balance
With every decision on long-term goals, you’ll want to make some short-term goals. These could be as short-term as deciding to limit your work hours to 40 per week, spending time with family or friends twice a month, or getting to bed by 01:00 a.m.
Striving for this kind of normality may seem obvious, but people who become obsessed with their large projects can easily come to neglect the immediate short-term comfort. In that case, it will be a matter of time before you burn-out or have a mental breakdown.
When you feel stuck in the long-term daily grind, start thinking short-term to get yourself out of time debt. Enjoy your life as well occasionally.
I have discovered “Incredible India” travelling extensively and took the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of the rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..
Sayaji Baug is a garden located in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Sayaji Baug was dedicated to the citizens of Vadodara by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in 1879. Sayajirao III built Sayaji Baug, well known as Kamati Baug, situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri. Sayaji Baug is the largest garden in Western India, stretching over 113 acres. It has a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees.
Take at least half a day to fully explore the 45 hectares of garden grounds, with 2 museums – Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, a zoo – the Sayaji Baug Zoo, a planetarium – the Sardar Patel Planetarium, a flower clock – Floral Clock , and an operational toy train, among other attractions, and then come back to the park whenever you need a respite from activities in the rest of the city;
There are three entrances :
Gate First is at Sayaji square (formally known as KALA GHODA square) and 3rd one is at Ranapratab square (fatehganj) and secound is in between first and Third. First Entrance gate is just nearby to Vadodara Railway Station and new Bus Stand.
This is one of the finest Gardens in India, and is well-maintained by Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
Thousands of Citizens of the city do come here for morning walk as well as for pleasant view of the Garden
Yesterday in my post I wrote about the Psychological Concept of Synchronicity as explained by Carl Jung.
Synchronicity does not have fundamental empirical evidence to support it as a “force.” This was pointed out on by reader of the post in a well written comment. However, my post was not about proving the existence of Synchronicity. Both the primer post and this post are to explain the concept and why I believe it is a “force”–at least in my life–despite the lack of empirical evidence.
Having laid out the bare basics of the theory my personal experience is next.
Let me start by backing up.
I apologize. This is my third guest post on Success Inspirers’ World site. I failed to give an introduction as I am a new writer to the site. Given this opportunity to introduce myself I also can wrap in the context and background of where my belief in Synchronicity developed.
When I first started my WordPress Blog, acliddle.blog, I talked about my Spiritual Path in a two part post. The overall theme of my site is to share the journey of how I became a writer and how my characters’ stories continue to develop, how I continue to develop as a writer. I have been writing stories since I was in first grade. I have had a love of reading since long before grade school. My grandfather read me nursery rhymes at bed time. Each year at Christmas time, until I was ten years old, I was coaxed into the retelling of the story of the Nativity, which I did from memory for the first time when I was three years old. The need, the drive, the passion to be a storyteller, a writer, is in my soul.
I believe in messages. Not necessarily from an outside presence. One way these messages manifest to me is through Synchronicity. Most of the my experiences of Synchronicity are positive and good fortune coming into my life. However, there have times which were negative, karma if one chooses the label, showing me my choice of not cursing or wishing ill on someone who had harmed me was the right choice.
The best example of karma in motion was when I was unexpectedly terminated from my position as Administrative Assistant for a Church. The pastor who was my boss had graduated from seminary and was going through the Ordination Process to be Ordained Full Clergy in June of that year. The Church only does Ordination once a year and usually the person passes the first time. When I was terminated I was not given a reason for my termination.
Fortunately for me I have an amazing support system and was able to bounce back.
In the first six months after my departure the pastor did not pass her Ordination, had a fender bender which was bad enough the insurance opted to total her car, and broke her ankle in same accident. I wished no ill. Prayed no vengeance against my boss. I genuinely felt bad for her when I found out these things happened. She has since gone on to be ordained, gotten married and has children. Yet, at the time she wronged me, the Universe balanced the books.
For many years I believed in Serendipity instead of Synchronicity. Happy accidents. Luck. Those times were mainly during my teens. As I matured, studied Buddhism and became more conscious of my thoughts and actions Synchronicity started to make more sense.
The Secret and The Circle touch on a version of Synchronicity. Since the 1970’s, if not earlier, the idea of Positive Thinking has become a large, almost mainstream movement. Some mock the idea, some are fanatic about it, most do whatever they can to make money off of it.
People who are fanatical, as those who are vehement critics, both miss the mark. As a believer of a Middle Way and everything in moderation, taking the principle ideas of Synchronicity, The Secret, The Circle, and other teachings and using them to adapt my worldview is the best practice I have found. I do not go to the extreme of shunning every sick person or sitting on my butt day in and day out without activity toward making my wish a reality. At the same time I don’t dismiss the ideas as whimsical or vapid. Instead, I use the knowledge gained to guide my activity, making conscious choices in my actions, thoughts, and speech.
The most recent Synchronistic events happened in the last couple of weeks. Since I am currently unemployed I have been focusing my attention back on the *Bear and Hunter* book series I co-author. Though we are nowhere near being able to afford the making of an audiobook I like to do my research ahead of time. So I have been looking into what it takes and how much it would cost to record and distribute. One day I happened to catch a friend of mine at his home. We have not been able to get together and really talk for several months. He happened to be off and his house is on the main drag of the town. I drove by after going to the store and was on my way home. So I got to talk to him. At the same time I have started therapy online. I talk to a counselor over the phone. I have had three sessions at this point.
When I was a little girl my grandmother, as part of her ministry, would take me around to nursing homes and make me sing for old people. Fortunately for her I am a Leo so I wasn’t too traumatized by these memories. As I grew older I continued to show fearlessness in front of an audience. By high school I was doing vocal lessons and in band, choir and Speech and Drama. Quite by accident (a story for a later time) I discovered I was good at public speaking and people liked the sound of my speaking voice as well as my singing voice.
Keeping all of this in mind, earlier this week on Wednesday, I was talking to my therapist. She knows I am not working but my unemployment is not the issue I am currently tackling. As a completely unrelated tangent (again this was only the third time we had spoken on the phone) she asked me if I had thought about doing voice over work, i.e. recording for audio books. She says I have a pleasant voice which she would pay to listen to me read one of her favorite authors so I should give it a shot.
I was looking to find someone to be the voice of our book, not the other way around. Yet, this was an intriguing possibility my therapist had suggested. It has potential. The friend who I finally reconnected with the other day happens to do DJ work and has equipment and software to record and edit.
As I am writing this post, my friend is editing a sample of my recordings to post on ACX. In the span of a little over a week I had the thought of creating an audiobook, had it suggested I record audiobooks, and reconnected with a friend who has the resources to record my voice.
While this is the not the neon-lit eureka moment story to convince die hard skeptics of Synchronicity it is for me the latest example of how being conscious of the moment, of keeping a positive outlook, and of going with “gut-feeling” or “little voice” can lead to a new and good things in life.