100th Blog Post, yay!!
No quote for today though, because I wanted to focus on a specific concept that doesn’t really stick to any one idea that I could find a quote for.
I’d like to preface this by saying that most self help influencers assume that everybody wants the same things: a lot of money, a huge mansion, three kids and a lamborghini. Although I’m sure everybody would enjoy having those kinds of things in one way or another, we can’t all practically get that. Not only that, but most people don’t even genuinely want that, they just want to be financially stable. My point in bringing this up is to highlight this assumption that most self help influencers have, and then explain that I understand that not everybody wants that.
Knowing this we have to ask ourselves what we really want. Obviously we don’t all want the same things, if that were the case then everybody would have everything they wanted and there would be no need for capitalism or any other form of marketing.
This is especially true when it comes to procrastination. We only have so many things that we can care about, and whether or not we like to admit it we won’t be able to care about all of those things all the time. Trying to do that just sets us back further.
To animate this idea in your head I want you to imagine that you have 20 apples, and you’re told that for every apple you eat you’ll make ten thousand dollars. Trying to care about everything all the time would be like taking one bite out of every apple — yes, you made a mark, but it wasn’t concentrated enough to do anything and you haven’t made any real progress.
We add another layer onto this if we think about certain apples being worth more than others. Maybe eating apple #1 gives you ten thousand dollars, but eating apple #17 gives you a dozen times that. It makes more sense to eat the apple that gives you more first, and if you can go back for the other apple later then even better.
This way of thinking is probably above anything else I’ve discussed due to the progress that can be made when combined with other methods I’ve talked about. Focusing on only a few problems and chipping away at those will get you a lot farther than trying to tackle everything at once, so keep that in mind today when you start trying to get things done.
We’ll explore ideas like these more in future blog posts, so definitely be sure to think of questions that you can leave in the comment section. Leaving questions and feedback allows me to understand what I should address next, which is a good thing for both of us. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Tik Tok , Facebook, and Twitter @iamchrisgoode so that we can grow our community!
2 thoughts on “Divide and Conquer”
I love the timing of this post! Just last night my fiance asked me about what I wanted in our future, how much money I envisioned. I told her I don’t have a specific number, a wealth target. I am happy to work, and I plan to work hard to manifest my dreams. Those are about ease, being able to move in the world as I wish. To get there I plan to eat one apple at a time….thanks!
Thanks, Chris. So you are saying that having too many goals or having too many options for reaching those goals can each, in their own way, slow down the change we are ultimately seeking?
One reason for procrastination is having to choose a path and the fear is possibly selecting wrong path, so we choose no path. AND/OR no path is chosen because it cannot be seen amongst the others? Too many apples to even notice one is a better fit?