Attacking Your Target
We all have targets in our lives. We call them goals, dreams, and aspirations. Some of us know exactly what we want in fine detail. Some of us kind of know what we want, but haven’t clarified exactly what it is.
I suggest that you spend some time with a pen and paper or on a word document and figure out your target. Have fun with it. Choose a target that would transform your life the most. Everyone will have a different target, so trust that the specific target that you choose is accurate.
Your target can change over time, but for now, choose one that moves you the most. Commit to a worthy target that stretches you and makes you feel uncomfortable. Attacking your target is by no means easy, but will make you a better human being for it.
My target is to take daily action on at least one task that is very hard, yet will move my life and business forward most powerfully. Right now, that is migrating my website from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. It’s the most uncomfortable thing for me to do today, but long-term, this action will make my life, my client’s lives and my business significantly better.
I believe that most of us want to attain our targets, but so-called obstacles get in the way. These obstacles are usually fear-based. There could be a fear that the target is unattainable. Maybe there is a fear that the work may just be too hard and desired results may take too long to achieve. For some, there may be a fear of putting their reputation on the line, where they might experience failure, which could hurt their ego.
Another obstacle is the desire of clinging to comfort. Challenging targets require us to grow beyond where we are now, so they are naturally hard and uncomfortable. It would be like going from a warm, comfy bed with big fluffy pillows to sleeping on the hard floor, pillowless, in a constricting sleeping bag or going from taking hot showers to only cold ones. We, humans, tend to like it comfortable.
The Ordinary Approach to Attaining a Target
Because of our desire to cling to comfort and run from fear, we usually approach our goals, dreams, and aspirations very slowly. We talk about them. Our flights of fancy come and go, imagining what life would be like actually realizing our dream.
There are some of us that actually do something to hit our target. Of course, we are all different in our approaches, but the majority of us take more time than necessary to attain our goals. Projects, that if focused on intently could be done in one day, may take an entire week to complete. Or something, like losing 5kg (10lbs) of fat, that could easily be accomplished in two months, may take us a year or more to achieve.
The Brad Pitt Approach to Attacking a Target
This is a scene from the movie Troy which beautifully and succinctly expresses how to fearlessly and immediately attack a target without an ounce of hesitation when we commit to it.
I love this scene because it demonstrates how we can run, full speed ahead toward our fears, minimizing the time and toil between what we are aiming for and the actual achievement of that aim. Being a hero is hard. It’s uncomfortable and there is a chance of losing, so it requires ample courage and self-belief.
Tatoo Achilles’ Hero Mindset to Your Brain and Tackle Your Target!
Once you have clarified your target, call forth your inner Achilles, go straight to the battlefield and attack!!
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