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Especially in our day and age, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated with all of the diversions around us. School, news, trends, and much more consume our attention on a daily basis. If you are one of the people that are affected by the overwhelming amount of diversions, remind yourself of your long-term goals.
Let’s take a fictional character called Jim, Jim wants to become an entrepreneur and stop pollution. He decided he wanted to create a startup that would help people manage their food wastes and find how much they exactly need. Despite working on the startup for 2 years, he has made nearly no progress.
Why? Because Jim keeps following trends. For instance, he sees someone on social media talking about how everyone should start drop shipping or investing in crypto. Then, he tries to do that instead of working on his actual goal. During the days where he actually works, Jim focuses on the trivial details too much like which shape and color a button should be.
If you also feel overwhelmed by everything going on, continually remind yourself of your long-term goals and decide whether doing something will move you closer to your goal or move you away from it.
Install physical reminders like adding sticky notes to your wall or computer if you need to. Our time is too valuable to waste on useless trends and news. If it doesn’t move you closer to your goals, it’s useless.
As The Laws of Human Nature states. “In your life, you are more than likely paying attention to some details that seem immediately important to you, while ignoring the things that will actually matter. You tend to take in information without considering your priorities, what really matters in the end. But the brain has its limits. Assimilating too much information leads to mental fatigue, confusion, and feelings of helplessness. Everything begins to seem equally important.”
Lesson: Remind yourself of your long-term goals whenever you feel overwhelmed by everything going on.
For example, if I want to be an entrepreneur and college won’t help me with that goal, there is no use in me stressing or worrying about it. Right? Sort information and activities by whether they move you closer to your goals or not.
This lesson is from: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene