The Sky’s the Limit

Published on 11 January 2012 in Blog

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I once saw a comic strip of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson that totally described the way I used to meet deadlines:

Hobbes: Do you have an idea for your story yet?
Calvin: No, I’m waiting for inspiration. You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to wait for the right mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin: Last-minute panic.

While waiting until the last minute can be effective motivation, it is far more comfortable (and profitable!) to plan your projects so that you can meet deadlines without killing yourself in the process.
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That does not, however, mean you should only set small, comfortable targets.

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I remember a conversation I had five years ago in which a friend of mine was trying to convince me that I should be making five times what I was making. At the time I thought there was no way I could do that.
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I then read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki in which he says that when growing up, his father would say things like, “We can’t afford that,” while his friend’s father would say things like, “How can we afford that?”
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I then started noticing every time I had negative success thoughts, like “I can’t afford that.” I’ll never be rich.” or “I wish I could have my own plane.” (the unstated assumption being that I’d never have my own plane).
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I stopped thinking I couldn’t have or be those things, and starting asking myself how can I have or be those things? I started to set higher goals, started researching how others did what I wanted to do, and started planning on how I could do the same.
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You are the sole factor that determines whether or not you set and achieve your goals.
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How successful do you want to be?
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OK, start!
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Jack Molisani
President, ProSpring Technical Staffing

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