Biggest Mistake You Can Make To Stun Your Growth: Are You Being Choosy On Your Tasks?

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Are you being choosy on your tasks?

When you are facing a list of tasks that you need to complete in order to help you move closer to your goals, are you being choosy on your tasks or you are doing what is essential for you to move faster towards your goals?

Most people make the mistake of being choosy on their tasks instead of focusing on what needs to be done. When you are being choosy about your tasks and only pick easy tasks to complete instead of doing essential tasks (which may seem harder to complete), you slow down your growth.

Different Questions, Different Results

When you set a new goal, you will need to generate an action plan. This action plan consists of the tasks that you need to do in order to reach your goals. The difficulty of the tasks in your action plan can varies and there will be some tasks that are harder to do than others. Let us look at an example:

If you are trying to lose weight and stay healthy, some of the tasks that you can think of may include;

  • Lifting weights for 3 times a week
  • Performing Cardio exercises for 3 times a week
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar
  • Avoid high glycemic index foods such as pasta, white bread, rice etc
  • Reduce intake of fried foods
  • Give up some of your favorite but unhealthy food
  • Have your cheat meal once a week
  • Start brisk walking 3 times a week
  • Eat an apple a day

Some tasks may seem easier and most likely, you will try to do those first. Human has a tendency to avoid pain and change. You will tend to avoid tasks that seems too hard to do, overwhelming and tedious. However, these tasks bring you the most rewards (go read about the 80/20 principle).

If you scan through the list, there will be a little voice in your head telling you which are the tasks you dread and try to avoid it. Usually these tasks seem harder than others do and they cause you to question your ability to accomplish it.

There are times that I took my eyes off my goals and start being choosy. The result is that I avoid my essential tasks that lead to mediocre results. To attract more readers to my blog, I should write more guest articles, conduct more interviews and write more new ebooks (If you have not get your copy, download your copy of Unleash Your Maximum Potential for free now).

The reason why I am not doing as much as I should is because these tasks seem like hard work and I am being choosy on picking tasks to complete. I am picking easier tasks to complete and avoiding the harder tasks that will bring in more results.

I find that when you question your ability to complete tasks that seem harder, you create doubt. Doubt creates inner friction in your mind and you will find that you are trying to move forward but something in your mind is dragging you back from achieving. The only way to get rid of the inner friction that is slowing you down is to focus on what needs to be done instead of being choosy and questioning whether can you do it or not.

Inner Friction

I am curious about human behavior and I am trying to find an answer on how to help one to achieve his or her goals without many obstacles from the mind. I noticed that there are people who can achieve their goals at a rapid rate while there are others who are crawling painfully trying to catch up. So what are the differences between them?

One big difference between the fast achievers and the slower achievers is their ability to keep their eyes glued to their goals. The fast achievers will complete essential tasks that need to be done instead of choosing to complete tasks based on their difficulty.

Conclusion

The reason why you are not doing what needs to be done is that you took your eyes off your goals. If you are not focusing on what needs to be done and you are being picky on your tasks (choosing to do only easy tasks), you will face frustrations because of your slow progress. Stop being choosy about your tasks. To move faster towards your goal, think about what needs to be done instead of choosing tasks that you think that you can easily complete.

Vincent
Keeping my eyes glued to my goals


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8 Responses to “Biggest Mistake You Can Make To Stun Your Growth: Are You Being Choosy On Your Tasks?”

  1. It depends on how badly you want to reach that goal. You’ll do just anything to get what you want if you put your heart and mind into it.

    • Javier Chua says:

      I agreed with what you said. It really depends on how badly we want to reach that goal. Personally, I realize I do not really want to achieve my goal too badly till I procrastinate on my tasks to do.

      Just to give everyone another point of view of doing things. Recently, I listen to The Power of Less from ZenHabits and he mentioned something about focusing on one goal and if we do procrastinate on the tasks we want to do is due to the task is too terious for us so what we need to actually do is break down the tasks to it’s simpliest form and start our momentum going by doing the simpliest thing. Some people may prefer finish the hardest things first but for me personally, I prefer trying to do the simpliest thing so at least I get one thing off my head and it do build momentum for me to continue doing the next task.
      .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Start Planning and Focus on One Goal =-.

  2. used tires says:

    As a habitual procrastinator, I can perfectly relate to this blog. It takes a lot of willpower and determination to address the tasks that are most difficult, I guess that’s why we must respect people that are successful. Either they’ve taken their fears head on or have found clever ways to work around them. Either way, credit is due.

    Till then,

    Jean

    • Vincent says:

      It does help if we try to create a habit instead of relying on our willpower at all times. I find that we cannot rely on our willpower for a long period of time.

  3. Credit Girl says:

    I am totally guilty of this! I tend to mark off the easy tasks first because it’s just nice to know you got some things done rather than getting nothing done. Makes you feel more productive but you’re right- I can tackle this problem by getting parts of my hardest tasks done day by day that way it won’t be one huge hard task in one day.
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..Sixteen States Trying to Prevent Employment Credit Checks =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Majoring in the minor is something that we want to avoid. It hurts when we end up achieving nothing when we are working so hard. All it takes is to shift our focus to tasks that are more important.

  4. Clayton says:

    This reminds me of an old saying that we used to have in architectures school. When you study architecture, you often find yourself staying awake literally for days on end to work up to a deadline (it’s just the way it is and there really is no avoiding these “all nighters”).

    They always tell you to do the most challenging and most complicated things first, because when it’s 3:00AM and you can barely keep yourself awake, the last thing you want to do is try something hard and difficult. Save the easy stuff for those times when you just can’t think.

    -Clayton
    .-= Clayton´s last blog ..Website Building Update – Week 31 =-.

    • Vincent says:

      That is totally true. Our mind simply shut down when we are tired and that is why doing the important things first will be a better choice. Great point Clayton!