Seeing past the moment ...or eyes on the prize

horizonI've been thinking a bit about how easy it is to get caught up in the moment and lose sight of the end game. We have become a society of reactors - reacting to whatever presents itself in the moment. As a result of reacting to the current stimulus, we often forget that we had a plan or that there was something important we were going to do...such as ... 1) eat healthier

2) stop smoking

3) save money

4) call a sister (or brother or parents) every week

5) spend dedicated time with the kids every night

6) read a book

7) pay off debts

8) exercise 5 days a week

At our core - somewhere between our belly button and our spine - we know what we really want and what is truly important to us. Important, not for today, but for life. How do we learn to keep our eyes on the prize and not give in to the immediate person/thing/situation that is tempting us? The answer is different for everyone, yet for everyone it all starts with the same action - KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE.  Each day think about what is most important to you - keep it in your head and keep it in front of you. I have a favorite quote that I keep in front of me as a trigger or reminder ...

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading  what we want most for what we want in the moment

I get angry with myself when I cave or give in to something that takes me off track from what is really important to me.  Can you relate?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and challenge you to pick one thing - one prize - keep your eyes on it - focus - be strong and GET IT!