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The Magic of Committing to a Specific Goal

The Dangerous Mistake We All Make

We think constantly about our vague desires, without committing to a specific task. 

We go to the gym to “work out” without trying to become better at something specific. We wish that we were more creative, but never work on a particular project.

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The Magic of Committing to a Specific Goal

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The Dangerous Mistake We All Make

We think constantly about our vague desires, without committing to a specific task. 

We go to the gym to “work out” without trying to become better at something specific. We wish that we were more creative, but never work on a particular project.

Clarity Leads to Direction

Commitment to performing a specific task is often the only difference between our results and our desires.

When you commit to a task, then the next step is obvious.

Do you want to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise? Next step: find a good spot. You've found a good spot? Next step: wake up early and drive there.

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  • If you commit to one goal, then the rudder stays put and you continue moving forward. 
  • If you flip-flop between goals, then the rudder moves all around and it is easy to find yourself rowing in circles.
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  3. Set an Upper Bound. Don't focus on the minimum threshold. Instead of saying,  “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today.” rather say, “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today, but not more than 20.”

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