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We Live in a “Microwave World”

Impatience is all too common. We are hurried, wanting instant results and expecting perfection from the start. TV ads lead us to anticipate immediate gratification. Movies create the illusion that we simply have to wait a short time for problems to be solved. Sometimes our choices and behaviors suggest we only live for the present. Focusing exclusively on pleasure that has only short-term worth can result in sacrificing the future.

The truth is that great, lasting and important objectives seldom happen this way. Reaching long-lasting goals takes time, preparation, focus, hard work and patience—it’s a process of evolution. Effort is often greater than expected. Accomplishments can take longer than planned. It’s a life-long process.

  • Real payoff comes in steady, consistent small actions. No one wakes up and suddenly becomes what they want to be. It is the cumulative effect of small efforts. So set small action steps with deadlines along the way.
  • To ensure success, spell out possible obstacles and potential solutions in advance.
  • The right people might not be on the team. Who is doing well? Who is not in the right place? Who needs training to be more successful?
  • Frequently competing goals interfere. Focusing on the squeaky wheel can interfere with working toward long-term goals and positioning. Be willing to invest in the long-term in order to make changes needed to get there.
  • Sometimes we celebrate partial success and then rest on our laurels. When this happens, we end up backsliding.

We must constantly seek to improve. Here are a few questions to help you build lasting success. Of course, it’s necessary to take action on your answers.

  • How will you set the proper foundation?
  • How can you be sure that you have an appropriate plan in place and are ready to recognize and handle major obstacles when they occur?
  • What can you do to maintain proper perspective?
  • Are you willing to put in the necessary effort to see your plan to completion?
  • What will you do to get started?
  • Will you start now?



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