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This Is the Right Way to Strive for Anything in Life
In our first book, Peak Performance , Steve and I wrote that setting a goal and then throwing your all into pursuing it is one of the best feelings there is. In our second book, The Passion Paradox , we warned about the dangers of obsessive passion, or becoming too focused on achieving an external goal.

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Harmonious passion

It is a state of being where you are entirely absorbed in what you are doing, known as flow by modern psychological science, productive activity by humanist philosopher Erich From...

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Obsessive passion

Setting a goal and doing everything possible to pursue it is a great feeling.
However, often it is the very striving to be great that gets in the way of actually being great.

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The richer experience

When we are young and insecure, passion or striving often manifest as looking ahead and craving external validation (becoming a champion or lawyer or millionaire or whatever).

If we gain ...

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Experiencing lasting joy

Experiencing lasting joy

Setting a goal to meet a pinnacle can be great. However, if that is all you desire, you'll end up suffering.

But, if you are present for the journey, and sometimes forget about the end al...

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The "Go big or go home" attitude

Taking small and consistent steps leads to big gains.

People with that “Go Big or Go Home” attitude tend to end up home. They get injured or burn out from doing too much, too fast, too soon. 

Goal setting gives focus

Life is designed in such a way that we look long-term and live short-term. We dream for the future and live in the present. 

Setting goals provides long-term vision in our lives.

Practical goal setting

  • Evaluate and reflect. Regularly write down where you are right now, and if you are happy with your current level of satisfaction.
  • Define your dreams and goals. What do you want? Schedule some quiet “dream time” and think about what really thrills you. Then prioritise those dreams.
  • Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive)
  • Have accountability. Find someone to hold you accountable to your goals.

Good Enough

We all are told that greatness is the route to success. But Good is not the enemy of Great.

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“Success means finding happiness in your work and life, in the here and the now.”

Out of the Dream World

Remove the fairy tale, magical thinking from your life, and accept who you are and where you stand. Recognize your circumstances as they are and take appropriate action.

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