Project 29 got off to an incredible start. I laid out my plan. I received lots of wonderful feedback and encouragement. I was motivated beyond belief. Then two obstacles struck.
First, I found that in my writing I was being too much of a perfectionist for a new venture. I stacked up posts that I wanted to go back and re-read to make sure I was communicating my points well.
The transition toward really exposing your thoughts publicly and without the opportunity to clarify — as in a one-on-one conversation — - was surprisingly challenging. I’m a passionate communicator and I was letting my passion to communicate clearly and entertainingly get the best of me. It’s funny how great intentions can become great obstacles when perfection takes priority.
The other obstacle was that beginning in January, for the first time in my life, I started traveling for work, and I was gone a lot through the end of March. My carefully laid out plan of attack on year 29 was turning to Swiss cheese. Holes were appearing in the plan at every trip. Maintaining my established workout schedule, study schedule, exploring schedule, and writing schedule were impossible. Perhaps the big schedule could have been maintained if I was further into my project with more firmly established habits, but I just wasn’t.
I’m using these challenges as a launching pad and a reality check (don’t worry, ‘reality checks’ in my world aren’t ‘pessimism checks’). The reality of life and goals is that we get derailed from time to time. We have to try our hardest to maintain our commitments while preparing ourselves to flex when we fail. Failure is just going to be part of the deal, and if we haven’t readied ourselves to deal with it, then we won’t get very far. I’ve been reading about how to deal with just this topic.
So Where’s Project 29 At?
This whole lull is going to be a good thing. I’ve taken a step back and read a lot about motivation, goal-setting, and habit forming. I’ve researched efficiently learning new skills. Basically, I’ve improved my knowledge and understanding around what I’m really trying to accomplish here.
We, as a culture, struggle with transitions. The new and uncertain can overwhelm us. We struggle with noise. The dreams we have and the goals we set forth to achieve get interrupted by all the noise. We also loathe aging. You know what, loathe isn’t the right word. We fear it. I want to fight tooth and nail against all that. I want to discover how we overcome. How do we become the people we so wish to be?
Does anyone have insight into overcoming obstacles to achieve goals?