What was the last goal that you made that got you really excited? Like, the kind of goal that you couldn’t shut up about?
How did it feel to take the first few steps, to improve, and to experience success?
What did it feel like when you quit?
Recently I delved into what makes the difference for leveling up your dreams:
How to Get to the Next Level with Your Dreams
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
The tl;dr version of that article is that consistent, small actions over time allow us to level up. And it doesn’t happen all at once.
No great life principle is complete on its own, and especially not without asking one question that allows us to momentarily think pessimistically. An act which is actually likely to increase your chances of success.
What will make it difficult to follow this principle?
This is one of the most important questions we really need to ask ourselves after starting any goal that we’re really excited about.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t ever utilize this one key principle. It’s not our fault though for not knowing. We cannot be held accountable, either by our own self or otherwise, for what we don’t know. So don’t beat yourself up too hard because your last goal or dream failed.
One principle (and general law of the universe) to know about that is making leveling up your dreams more difficult is called activation energy:
It takes more energy to begin something than it does to keep it going.
This is true for engines, motors, chemical reactions, and especially, people.
You and I experience this every single day. We take more energy to get out of bed in the morning than we do to sustain physical activity throughout the day. It takes us more energy to begin working than it does for us to keep working.
So what does this have to do with your goals?
It will take (and produce) more energy for you to get started with your goals and dreams than it will to sustain your efforts in the long run that are needed to level up.
Because of our large energy input at the beginning, we see a lot of return fairly quickly in both results and enjoyment. We begin to enjoy working on our goals as the process of learning becomes fun in the initial stages.
Sometimes that enjoyment goes unchecked, we work too hard at our dreams, and get burnt out.
You’ve been there. It’s fun to see monetary returns from writing, or your pace and distance getting better when running. This, in turn, allows us to pour more energy and input into reaching those goals and dreams.
Unfortunately, we cannot sustain this level of energy in the long run.
And it’s consistency in the little things, applied over the long run that lead us to keep leveling up our dreams until eventually, we reach them.
Our excitement and passion at the beginning eventually wane when it comes time to perform the consistent actions.
You can’t get around activation energy. It’s a law of the universe.
Knowing is half the battle though.
The next time you see yourself getting ridiculously excited about your new dream that you’ve started, take a moment to pause and ask yourself,
What would make this difficult? AND what is the one little thing that I could do every single day that, over time, would produce the results I’m looking for?
Then start doing that one little thing every day. Balance your dream with all the other dreams and goals you have that make your life wonderful.
And then with time and consistent, small actions you will level up your dreams.