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Why You SHOULDN’T Attempt to Reach Goals with 100% Effort

Updated: March 27, 2017

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  1. Yes, you are so right! I want to be able to earn from home and want to take the classes from you but do not have the money yet. So, I got some elementary proofreading practice exercise books to do at work. I am a nanny and my nanny toddler naps 2 times a day still. I just put him down for the nap, grab a snack and do the exercises then. It isn’t much but a few steps closer to what i want to do.
    Thanks for this!

  2. “If you wait until all the lights are green before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.” So true!! I’m going to print out this quote from our email blast and stick it on my computer screen so that I can see it every day. It really hit home for me.

    Also, this was a nice, little push to start my day! I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year and I finally took the plunge. I’m still terrified that it won’t work out but, had I just went for it when I first wanted to, I’d be making money right now instead of spending it on the courses, a website, and the resource materials. I’m excited to be able to look back on all of this, a year from now, and see how far I have come.

    No more envying others and wishing I could be one of the success stories! It’s time to do this!!

    1. Yes!! Love this. Remember, you’re *investing* — not spending 😉 There’s also no such thing as failure. Only learning! You’re already a success having made these mindset shifts.

  3. Great post! One of my mantras (usually about housework) is: do it, do it now, do it anyway. I’ve also been working on the all or nothing approach. I found that I struggled with this a lot with my “me time”, mostly in craft projects. I felt like if I didn’t have a whole day/afternoon to complete something, I would put it off until I did. Guess how often that happens? Breaking the projects down means I can make PROGRESS.

    1. Ahh; it’s so funny you mention housework. I’ve been working through things in that same area. I read the book “Simply Clean” by Becky Rapinchuk which taught me how to clean in a way that doesn’t overwhelm or exhaust me… and even makes it fun. Highly recommended.

      I hear you on the projects too!! When I’ve got only an hour to work on something and decide not to wait till I’ve got more than that, I’m always surprised at how much I get done in an hour!! Haha.

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      1. “Simply Clean”? Oh how I need that book! My main problem is time management though. I am behind on so many things.

  4. Caitlin,
    Wow! What a great article. Thank you so much for writing this! I have been trying to start my own blog for the past year and I gave up. It just seemed like on road block after another. This article has encouraged me to start again and DO SOMETHING every day to make it towards my goal. Every person I have told about my blog thinks its a good idea so I know I shouldn’t stop.

  5. What an awesome, inspiring post as usual, Caitlin! This was just what I needed today as I put the final touches on my website and order business cards. I told myself this morning that I need to do at least one hard or difficult thing each day. The sense of accomplishment that comes after completing one difficult task can sometimes outweigh any feelings of accomplishment that follow the completion of a whole list of easier tasks.

    1. Achievement drives happiness!! I think that sense of accomplishment we get is nothing other than bona fide happiness in all its glory!! A lot of people fall into the trap of thinking zero problems, a perfect life, a better X or a better Y will make them happy, but it won’t… solving problems and achieving things makes us happy. When we stop doing that, we get bored and, well… unhappy! 🙂

  6. This was just what I needed. I’ve been feeling very uninspired lately. It doesn’t help that my family of five was hit with the stomach bug twice in four weeks. I plan on signing up this summer and in the meantime, I will practice my proofreading skills. Thank you so much for this, Caitlin. I feel a lot better.

  7. I can’t begin to say how much I needed to read this today. I’m in a pain flare and have been inching through my college school work. On a similar note, I have a journal entry due for a Psych course and I’ve chosen to title my journal entry; Talent versus Persistence. I grew up with a parent who firmly believed that talents were a matter of birth and if you didn’t have talent, you should not even try. I have been working on a theory about this for some time. A person with a grain of talent who applies hard work and persistence will usually go much further than a person with a bushel of talent who doesn’t work on developing the skills.

    This is a scary topic for me because I am battling my inner critic and the decrees of a godlike parent. I’ve, historically, been very good at persistence. However, after I developed Fibromyalgia I have struggled more with breaking things down into manageable chunks.

    The reminders today, from you and Ben, were greatly needed!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing article with us, Caitlin. I am forever grateful. So many things I have put off and could be much further along in life. You have come into my life at the perfect time. God bless you.

  9. Very inspirational post Caitlin! Made me take a second look at my 7 online microstock illustration portfolios, and what I thought were kind of anemic sales were actually not that bad. Even though it’s a slow process, I’ve had over 7,000 sales in about 4 years and they are ticking up slowly. I’ve been persistent in adding at least 2 per week and am finally about to reach the magic short term goal of 500. Thanks for the reminder to just keep plugging away.

  10. I’ve been trying to implement this tactic in my life but I seem to lose focus to often. After reading this I realized that I do this with my savings account so why can’t I do this with my goals in life. Thank you for helping me regain focus and motivation!

  11. Caitlin,
    Thank you for this post. I have no actual formal experience in anything anymore. I have been a homeschool mom for over 20 years and now my is in private high school. I am in great need to get work, but how do I give myself that kick in the butt to get over that hump of fear?

  12. It's very encouraging to hear about your struggles. I really appreciate your honesty!! Thanks for the GREAT reminder about being persistent and showing up everyday.

  13. Thank you, Caitlin, for the pep talk! I really needed it. I am a recovering perfectionist. There are many things I've learned to only do at 80 or 90 percent, so I can pace myself and last for the long haul. However, when I started this course, I was turbocharged. Not only that, but I really believed I knew most of this stuff! Wow! I have officially been humbled.

    I appreciate all the details of this course. I never dreamed it would be this in-depth. I've had to come to a standstill and reconsider how I will work to absorb all the information that is new to me. I have decided to approach this course the same as I have approached all formal learning courses. Yesterday, I took action! I got out the three- by five-inch cards and markers and I made flashcards for myself. This way, I'll be able to review the challenging words, the spelling, and the punctuation that are different from the way I originally learned them. Time-consuming? Yes, but I consider it an investment in my success! Besides, I'm only making cards for the things that are new, or difficult to recall.

    My reason for taking this course is that I will celebrate my seventieth birthday in November, and I don't want my mind to become mushy! Also, ever since I was a secretary (back in the '70s), I have held an affinity for proofreading. My family and friends call me "word nerd" or "grammar nazi." Of course, these terms are both spoken in love!

    When I complete this course, whenever that is, I will start my fourth career. First, as I said, I was a secretary. Next, I was a stay-at-home mom. After that, I spent ten years getting an education. I never knew how far I would make it, so celebrated every milestone on my way to becoming a professional counselor. I have an AA in Psychology, a BA in Psychology (with a minor in family studies), and an MC (Masters in Counseling).

    I know I can do this. I just need to slow down remember all the things you are teaching us about mindset. Thank you for the exuberance of your youth (yes, to me you are young) and your energy. You are very good at what you do!
    Thank you,

    1. Hi, Rita!! Thanks so much for your kind words. It sounds like you are well on your way already with that background. I’m so glad you found the course to be more than what you expected, too. I’m in the middle of moving it to a brand-new platform and, with that, lots of reorganizing and expansion is happening too. Exciting stuff!! And I, too, am a recovering perfectionist. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!

  14. Good afternoon to you. I am currently working the exercises for the proof reading program. I thought I could breeze right through the
    " apostrophes" then the "hyphens" sections.
    I will be rereading those sections & retaking the quizzes. Once my scores are higher then I will move on to the next sections.

  15. When I stumbled upon this message from you, I was in the process of cleaning up my emails and unsubscribing from all of the "noise" that is constantly smothering me. I started to unsubscribe from your emails, not because I don't find value in them, but because I'm exhausted from all of the noise, even the valuable ones. But I knew that there was something about THIS message that I really needed to hear… and I surely did need to hear it. This message was written for me. I am that person – the one with the all or nothing mentality. The one who has lost and regained the same 30 – 50 pounds over and over. The one who procrastinates and stalls and thinks that if I can't do something perfectly, then I can't do it all all or must wait until all the conditions are optimal. Of course, I know the truth of "progress over perfection", I even have that written on the white board in my office as a daily reminder. Yet here I sit, thinking my way through life rather than doing life. I'm constantly reading and learning and dabbling here and there, spreading little seeds of hope for a better future everywhere but not coming back to water any of it and let it take root. There's something about the way you communicate your messages that really resonates. As a "thank you" for your efforts, I will commit to taking one module of your course every week until it is complete. I started to say that I would commit to taking one module every day, but that's the "full throttle" mentality that just is not sustainable and will make me feel like a failure and quit when I cannot sustain it because life happens and I have a lot going on. So once a week – that is realistic and doable and will still be that consistent action necessary to truly do it "right".
    With every fiber of my being, THANK YOU! If ever you question whether what you're doing is worth your time, energy and effort – know that it most certainly is. I appreciate you. Hugs!

    1. Chelsea, THANK YOU! I am undergoing a lot of life changes at the moment, and I found your message so encouraging. The all-or-nothing mentality struggle is REAL. It’s so hard to take the first step sometimes; we want to see the entire pathway ahead and be certain of a particular outcome, but we end up wasting a lot of time in the process with all the “waiting.” One day, one step, one thing at a time. Much love to you!

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