Hopefully you have managed to enjoy some of the Rio Olympic Games. The tremendous effort of thousands of athletes competing over two weeks is a marvellous spectacle. Of course, we all know the years of training it takes just to compete at this level. Many Olympians have full time jobs outside of their sport as well as families which makes their achievements all the more outstanding. There is not a single competitor who got there by chance. They had a plan and stuck to it. Where others saw reasons to give up, they saw challenges to be overcome.
What will you be doing when the next Olympics comes around in 4 years? You may not be planning to compete in Tokyo 2020 but will you be any closer to achieving your goals? Have you taken the time to sit down and seriously think about what you want to achieve in your life and how you will do it? Have you committed your plans to paper? Have you shared this with your family? Just like the Olympians you will need their support and it helps if they understand why you are doing something. How will you measure success? For many this will not just be measured in financial terms. Lifestyle, health and well-being are also important and are not so easy to measure. Success in these areas are much more personal.
Humans are hard wired to think relatively short term. This is encouraged in our buy now pay later consumer society. We all know many worthwhile things take a very long time to achieve. One strategy to combat our short term natures is to break up the goal into bite size chunks and have an external anchor. For example, breaking up your plan into 4 year time periods, anchoring reviews to an external event such as the Olympics can be helpful. Shorter terms such as reviewing just before your birthday can also be helpful.
I hope the above was useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.