The One Question You Should Always Ask Yourself Before Pursuing a Goal

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Goals are essential to our happiness. Working towards a worthy goal ensures that we live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.

If so, why do we fail at most of our goals? Why do we struggle with motivation?

If our vision of the future is so compelling, if we know why we want it, if we know how to get it, then why do we struggle to do it?

I believe it all comes down to the fact that we never ask ourselves this simple question, a question that perhaps you don’t even want to think about, let alone answer.

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This Mental Hack Allows Me to Work 12–14 Hours a Day

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Did you know that you can deduce how much money someone earns by asking them a simple question?

You can, in fact, deduce a lot about them, about their principles, ethics, dreams, and goals.

What is that question?

Well, it’s simple.

“Do you believe in work-life balance?”

If it takes you less than 10 seconds to have a negative emotional reaction to what I am implying here, stop and think about why.

If you feel the need to say, “Yeah, but…” you should also stop for a minute and ask yourself if life’s a balancing act or not, and if going through life as if walking on tightrope is the only available option.

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Why You Shouldn’t 80/20 Your Life

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In 1906 Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that every year 20% of the pea pods in his garden produced approximately 80% of the peas.

He soon realized that this principle held true in all sorts of areas and industries. This became known as the Pareto Principle, or what is now often referred to as the 80/20 Principle.

The 80/20 principle stipulates that 80% of the output or results will come from 20% of the input or action.

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Good Enough: The Mantra of Unsuccessful People

I wake up, get out of bed, drink my coffee, then it’s time to browse the web for a while.

Today is one of those days when I don’t feel like doing anything.

Later on, after a few hours of aimlessly wandering on social media, I sit down to write a new blog post. It’s inspired by a quote. I write a couple hundred words, don’t even bother to read them over.

It’s good enough!

I click on the publish button, and that’s it.

Maybe I’ll reply to comments, maybe I won’t.

Who knows?

It’s good enough that I even wrote something and published it.

How often have you used these two words? Good enough?

And how often was good enough actually good enough? To get the results you wanted, to earn that raise, to get in shape?

In today’s world, good enough is almost as bad as nothing at all.

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Motivation Doesn’t Exist

To be honest, I do not want to write this post. At least, not right now. I just don’t feel like writing anything at all.

In other words, I do not feel motivated to punch those damn keys.

But I have to.

Not in the sense that there’s someone holding a gun to my head. No.

I have to because I promised myself that I am going to do it. I have to because I made a commitment to write a new blog post every single day.

And, yes, right now, I don’t feel like it.

Before writing these words, I spend a few hours going through draft after draft, trying to figure out which post to finish writing. I didn’t feel like it. I’ve lost focus at least a dozen times, which translates into me wasting 10-15 minutes of my time going through e-mails or replying to comments.

But the truth is that motivation does not work like that. The truth is motivation’s just this word people keep throwing around when they don’t want to do something.

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