The beginning of a new year is a great time to set goals. A recent post from Quartz addresses the price of achievement. We’ve all heard “No pain, no gain”. Taking it a step further, to achieve a goal, the gain for you must outweigh the required pain and sacrifice. (This reminded me of a dialog in The Avengers between Nick Fury and Thor) –
Nick Fury: “A lot of guys think that. Until the pain starts.”
Thor: “What are you asking me to do?”
Nick Fury: “I’m asking, what are you prepared to do?”
What are we prepared to do to reach our goals? What pain are we willing to endure, what sacrifices are we willing to make? Will it be enough? Success depends on finding ways to tolerate (or better yet, actually enjoy) the actions necessary to achieve our goals. Examples from the post: “People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.”
To increase your odds of success, (a) select goals that you are willing to sacrifice enough for, and (b) find ways to make the pain and sacrifice endurable, or even enjoyable. The key to goal achievement – the gain must outweigh the pain.