Build Off Of The Little Things

build off of the little things
build off of the little things
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Society, as we know it today, has become incredibly accustomed to wanting things, and wanting them now. Whether it be money, success, happiness, or any other desire that you can think of, I think it’s fair to say that we all hate waiting for the things that we want. 

We have access to search the answer to any of our questions in the matter of a few seconds, have the ability to buy something with the power of one click, we even have the ability to hold face-to-face conversations with others all the way across the planet. The crazy part is that we can do all of this with the device that sits in our pockets. 

When we want something, odds are that we have the ability to obtain that something rather quickly. While this can be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing as well. We become impatient, we expect everything to happen immediately, and we expect to receive things without having to put in much work. Why? Because these are the habits that we reinforce each and every day. 

In the nicest, most positive way to say this, though, life really doesn’t care. The world is not going to stop for us, and it is not going to give us all that we want when we want it. The world is going to give us all that we want when we are willing to work and fight for the things that we desire. 

How To Stay Motivated

The process of obtaining your goals can seem like one that is never-ending. Sometimes, you are going to have to work twice as hard as you did the day prior just to make half of the progress. But remember something, if you ever give up, all of the things that you hoped to achieve someday will become nothing but forgotten thoughts. 

To prevent yourself from giving up, start to build off of the little things. Gain momentum from achieving all of the smaller goals in life, and use that momentum to propel you forward towards achieving the larger goals that are more difficult to obtain. 

Let Go Of Instantaneous Success

Okay, going back to the whole “I want an Oompa Loompa, and I want it now” mentality, yeah, it doesn’t happen that way. If we all had everything that we wanted in life the moment a desirable thought passed through our minds, then what would we work towards? What would we gain gratification from? What would we live for? What would the purpose of our lives be?  

Realize that everything that you desire in life is already out there. It doesn’t mean that your dreams and desires will be easy to achieve, but at the same time, you shouldn’t want them to be either. 

Think back on all of the times where you are rewarded with instantaneous gratification. Maybe it was when you felt hungry so you decided to eat some food. Maybe it was wanting a car so you bought one the next day. Maybe it was just buying a random thing off the shelf for the sake of buying it. 

Whatever it may be, recall how you felt afterwards. All of a sudden, the desire that you worked towards became apart of your life and it didn’t hold the same amount of value or joy as you thought it would. The chase is half of the fun. 

This is exactly how you feel with instantaneous success. Once you get what you want, all of a sudden that want becomes apart of your life and doesn’t bring you the same sense of joy as if you had actually worked for it. 

Never, Ever Give Up

Life is a challenge, there’s no doubt about it. But giving up on anything that you want to achieve is only going to ensure the fact that you will never actually achieve it. That’s why small goals are effective to set. Once you set small goals and start to actually achieve them, go gain momentum and find new levels of confidence within yourself that you can achieve anything and everything. 

Whatever you do, never, ever give up on yourself, or you will be living the rest of your life with regret. Goals take time to achieve. Let go of the idea of having instantaneous success, enjoy the journey, and build off of the little things. It’s the little things in life that lead to the big rewards.

Michael Bonnell

6/30/2019

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