This is something I still struggle with but slowly getting better at.
For most people, it's easier to continue doing what you have always done, even if it isn't getting you closer to where you really want to go, because we tend to favor the familiar even when it's bad for us. We make up all kind of stories in our head to make ourselves not look foolish to ourselves and others in order to justify our stubborn behaviors. I'm guilty of this and know the pattern too well.
I used to do freelance video editing professionally years ago. I thought it was cool. I met celebrities. It was fun. But, it was not getting me any closer to my financial goals. So, many years too late, I had to let it go into a hobby instead of primary income/wealth generator. If I would have listened to my ego, and not looked at it as an experiment, but instead a permanent inflexible trajectory, I'd still be chasing that unicorn.
What is the difference between an experiment and a mistake? According to Peter Drucker, one the preminent business minds ever, "A mistake is an experiment that runs too long."
- Most people are one of these extremes. Either, they dabble, meaning start something based on shiny object syndrome and drop it after a few weeks after they realize real effort is involved, or, they do one thing for 5, 10, 30 years, and get zero progress towards the true results they were after in the first place. For them, instead of doing X (example, working a business, being in a relationship) in order to get the result of Y (financial independence, deeper growth experience), after a while of not having progress towards Y, the process of X becomes the only thing they're after. But, they are never fulfilled because Y was never achieved. (I hope that's clear)
What does one of the smartest guys in the world of success say about this? (Not me, I'm clueless. Peter Drucker) You should have 18 month experiments. Try a specific approach for 18 months consistently, then track results. If it's getting you closer to your originally stated outcome, at a growth curve that fits into your stated timeline, continue it. If it doesn't, try a different approach. If you trying to lose 30 pounds by July, but your current approach drops 1 pound every two months, don't say, "Hey, well this is fine. I can still make my goal by July 2022!"
Dear God, don't change your outcome/goal to fit an approach that's convenient. That's gonna end up in regret. Been there!
There's only three big goals:
Sub goals and targets may change in each category, but the bullseye remains the same until you hit it.
A lot of times just doing what you love, ain't gonna help you hit that bullseye. If you are passionate about teaching people how to underwater basket weave, that's cool. I hate to tell you, that alone isn't gonna help keep the lights on, food on the table and comfortable retirement to look forward to. Passions are essential. But not everyone's passion is going to lead them to the financial promise land, which is ok. The things you love don't have to be financially rewarding. But knowing the difference is very difficult for many, but essential in order to hit your bullseye.
Ultimately, if you stay open minded, acquire knowledge, experiment your tail off, it will all fall into place.