Aspiration versus Reality. The never-ending battle. BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals) can propel us forward across tough and gnarly stretches of this journey. And on some days, the road is long and arduous. Distractions beckon, trade-offs are hard, and the short-term can overshadow the long-term. On that note: Yes, that is a bacon-maple-syrup-donut in the picture. It was glorious.

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Let’s face it, most of us are not made for a life of austerity (I certainly am not, in case that wasn’t obvious). You can still find a good balance to keep working on the longer-term while having a workable short-term. If your goals are purposeful and suitable to your situation (that is a longer blog post for another day), you will care. You will also care about other things beside that goal; and sometimes you will blow off steam.  And then you get back on track and double down some more.

It’s about defining that band of KPIs (key performance indicators) wherein you can negotiate and renegotiate that balance that works for you (I ate one donut, not an entire box. It was tempting believe me). For most things, this works a lot better as a dynamic equilibrium, not an iron rule. Define the fenceposts and rules of engagement for you, and hold yourself accountable. Make it a conscious choice. You working on your goals is not separate from the rest of your life. It is the rest of your life, so make it a journey worth being on.

What are some key “fence posts” you are holding yourself accountable to?

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