How to manage short-term desires with long-term goals

August 23, 2017

Long-term desires are emotionally more mature, because they delay gratification in the service of a bigger reward. People realize this, which is why they plan for their retirement. Years of hard work lead to a payoff down the road. But too often those years are not gratifying. They are more like putting in your time at the salt mines. The trick is to derive the right kind of short-term fulfillment. The right kind isn't hard to define. It consists of what you do today to make next year better.

Think of it like writing a book. If you write a page every day, your manuscript will be done next year. A page doesn't sound like much, but the catch is that it must fit into the final product. Ernest Hemingway set himself a daily goal of half a page only. If you can do anything today that consciously goes toward fulfilling a long-range vision, plan, project, or mission, you will become the Hemingway of your own life.

From 'How to manage short-term desires with long-term goals' by Deepak Chopra. Read the full story at thepoweroftheheart.com

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Set down a single vision, project, or mission.

  2. Set time aside to work on it every day.

  3. Work consists of doing research, making connections, investigating your target audience or market, learning from projects similar to yours, challenging your assumptions, writing a proposal, seeking a mentor, partner, or confidant to bounce your ideas off, and raising capital if needed.

  4. Set interim deadlines that you can reasonably meet every month.

  5. Be adaptable about changing your project as it unfolds.

Each of these steps should be interesting and, one hopes, exciting to you. Consciousness expands whenever a person feels creative, passionate, and joyful.

If you don't have these qualities, you won’t wake up every morning eager to fulfill your long-range goal. The value of following the five steps I've suggested is that you become action oriented; your goal doesn't drift or become an empty dream.

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Deepak Chopra

 Deepak Chopra from THE POWER OF THE HEART

Deepak Chopra is a world-famous physician, author, and speaker, with more than sixty-five books to his name, including twenty-one New York Times bestsellers. His work, which has been translated into more than thirty languages, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Full bio


 Deepak Chopra from THE POWER OF THE HEART

WRITTEN BY

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is a world-famous physician, author, and speaker, with more than sixty-five books to his name, including twenty-one New York Times bestsellers. His work, which has been translated into more than thirty languages, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Full bio



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