Ask yourself this question - Which one project or activity, if you did in an excellent and timely fashion, would have the greatest positive input on your life? This takes some foresight. Having long-term perspective can be hard to understand, especially for people who haven’t learned the benefits and teachings of patience and perseverance. Visualize your future five, ten, even twenty years ahead. What do you see? Do you have a clear path? Or are things blurry?
When you’re in for the long haul you realize that it takes slow and steady growth to establish any kind of endeavor worth working toward. Hard work, persistent effort, practical skill and patience are some of the main ingredients it takes to make your goal(s) pay off. Long term projects, whether writing a book series, starting a business, saving for retirement or attending school, need constant attentive nurturing, assessment and planning in order to create positive input into your life. In other words, to reap what you have sown.
Being in for the long haul allows for breathing space – to reassess and reevaluate your progress – to decide what you still need to do to accomplish your goal, and once done, apply consistent effort until you succeed. This is the difference between short term goals and long term goals – the bigger the investment, the bigger the payoff.
Remember: Focus on what you enjoy and build for the long haul!