Most of us have goals—they could be success, making money, personal fulfillment, etc. Whatever the case, you have an ultimate goal that you want to reach and have made strides trying to get there. Despite your plan of action, how do you really know when you are truly taking a gamble when it comes to your goals? And most importantly, do you know if you are winning or losing?
Many of us (me included) have a mission and be have pursued it with passion and pride. But we could also be making valuable mistakes that we don’t even know we are doing before it’s too late.
Let’s use myself as an example: I have a tendency to have lofty creative visions, but I don’t always get the research or do the ground work it takes to get something truly off the ground. I am can be prideful and a know-it-all, not wanting to ask for help—over time, I have found that this approach simply doesn’t work. In order for me to become the writer and blogger that I envision, I must put in time asking questions to those more knowledgeable than me—that is a key for song long I was missing.
When we take a gamble, it may not have any results good or bad in the beginning. But when we do this over and over without thought, the gamble can become a bust and failure could come and sweep us away.
It’s just like a real gambler—if you go to the casino once or twice a year and spend $100 each time, it may not put a dent in your wallet. But doing so every week would definitely cause some damage to your income. And if you are losing, it could be detrimental to your lifestyle.
So how do you avoid gambling (and losing)? Well for starters, always being open to learning from others goes a long way. Spend time perfecting your craft by attending workshops, classes, conferences, and other events in your field. Network like there’s no tomorrow and keep working as hard as you can—don’t give up and don’t get comfortable. Just as you start to get comfortable with your success, the competition is always nipping at your heels.
What do you do to stop gambling when it comes to your goals? What has been your gameplan and has it paid off? Let’s discuss!