Where is your ladder resting?
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I can't remember where I first heard this, but once I did, I committed it to memory. It helps me stop procrastinating or settling with something that's not going to get me where I want to go.
"Don’t spend all your time climbing up a ladder only to realise the ladder is resting against the wrong wall."
Does that line strike you too? We can spend hours, months, years, all working towards something. A promotion at work, a weight loss plan, a bigger house... I know the feeling. I've tried many, many different endeavours in the past, most significantly working towards a promotion that was the biggest let down. I'm not sure why I chose it to be honest. I think I just thought it was the logical next step in my career. What's the next step from 2IC, it's obviously OIC! I spent years working on it, building up my skills both internally and externally. When I finally reached my goal, it was nothing flash. It was ok, but definitely not worth years of effort. In hindsight, I really wish I had stopped for a second and considered... am I climbing up a ladder that leans against a mediocre wall? Why not aim higher?
These days, I only aim for things that are amazing. Everything else is a waste of good effort!
Are you climbing a ladder that's up against the wrong wall?
Maybe you have family or friends saying you should have ### when it doesn't actually interest you? Like a bigger house, is that your dream, or your best friend's? Are you trying to keep up with the Joneses? This week I'm encouraging you to stop for a moment and take a seat. It will only take a few minutes. Think about the big goals you're working towards (or putting off, but ultimately you think you need in order to be happy). Who's goal is it? Is it yours? Is it someone else's? Is it convenient (like mine was)? How will you feel when you reach it? Reeeeeallly? Are you being honest or just trying to justify it? My role at The Income Organisers is to help people achieve their goals, and the best part is watching people so amazingly happy when they achieve them! I want you to be amazingly happy too! If you aim higher, towards something that genuinely pulls on your heart strings, words can't explain it.... Don't be afraid to get honest and aim high. Go on, what have you got to lose?
Have a lovely week,
The Income Organisers