Quick Interview: Setbacks vs Accomplishments

Once a week we pose a single question to bloggers, travelers and the like and feature their responses with you!

We hope you enjoyed last weeks responses and this week we are changing our format a little bit. You will still get to hear from other bloggers and of course ourselves. We need you to let us know what format you enjoy reading more over the next few weeks. Also we want your answers to these questions as well so comment down below!

What goal(s) have you had setbacks in accomplishing and how are you getting past them?
I’m Annette, a new experience aficionado, travel & adventure junkie, bucket listologist, and food snob on an unconventional quest to see, do & eat…everything.

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The goal of traveling for an entire month to a different country has continuosly put stumbling blocks in front of me. Because I own a restaurant this is not a simple task to achieve, it is about a 100+ step process to run my business remotely for a full month. I am getting past the setbacks by breaking up the process into the tiniest of baby steps and doing one thing towards my goal every day. For example, today I created a “crash kit” for the waitstaff to use in case the computer system fails. I also just threw out my manual time clock and installed a payroll system that can be accessed anywhere in the world through the internet. After six months of dedication, I have been able to comfortably take off four days in a row. April will be a huge test as I will be heading to London and Barcelona for ten days. I’ll be crossing my fingers the entire time!

Breaking up my larger goals into several smaller ones always helps me get past the setbacks.

We have more responses on this question from other bloggers coming up later in the week! But first a personal response from Steve Fekete.

Steve’s Response

This is the third answer I have written for this post.  See, I was trying to come up with a great answer for this question that really sums up my feelings about the matter of goals and my struggles for them.  Let’s see if this time is the charm.

When I was in 6th grade I was diagnosed with ADD.  Now I don’t mean that I was one of those kids who had a lot of energy and ran around the house a lot so they threw Ritalin at.  I was clinically (and after a wealth of testing) diagnosed with having ADHD Predominantly Inattentive (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I if your playing the at-home game).  This means that I meet the criteria laid out in the DSM-IV for inattention.  If you read through the DSM-IV you read through the criteria you will find items that describe being easily distracted, forgetful, having trouble organizing, often loosing personal items, and failing to finish what one starts.  Most who know me would say that these describe me to the letter.

So I have a constant battle on my hands throughout my daily life.  I have a nature in me which makes me want to act in a distracted and inattentive manner and I struggle to keep it at bay and remain motivated and on task.  Because of this, I also have a tendency to start a project with a rush of motivation and then loose steam or get burnt out and never actually follow through on it.  My life at times has seemed like a giant repetitive pattern:

Inspiration -> Goal -> Pursue like crazy -> Burn out and loose steam -> Trail off -> Repeat

This is one of the big reasons why I was excited to start The List Life.  Thinking about my tasks and goals formally and trying my best to track them seemed like a great way to discipline myself to keep focused and maintain my steam.

One goal where this has had a big effect has been graduating from college.  Graduating has always been very important to me.  After a high school career with mixed success I attended four years of college at a school that I really loved and passed about half of my classes.  I ended up taking a few years off of school, all the while saying that I would eventually return and graduate but not knowing how. I have finally decided to finish up my degree, and am very close to doing so.  Finding the discipline and momentum to continually attend my classes and do the work has at times been one of the harder things I have ever attempted, but I keep on trying.

The great thing is that it’s looking like I will be graduating with my bachelors degree in just over a month from now.  The notion of achieving such a large goal of mine is really having a great effect on me.  I have some other large goals that I would really like to accomplish (like grad school and backpacking across Europe), and crossing off such a demanding and difficult task for me really has helped me to believe that I can tackle the next one.

How about you?  How do you maintain focus?  How do you stay motivated?  What are your techniques?

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