Flexible target against procrastination: The grass blade strategy


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No doubt, focusing is very important. And to envisage big goals makes sense. However, on the way, it can make more sense to move from goal to goal to prevent procrastination and anxiety. A grass blade strategy. grashalm strategy

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Too inflexible for success?

Do you know that too? So, according to what many counselors, consultants, coaches, etc. recommend, you have set yourself a big goal that you are focusing heavily on. And then it does not work. Or maybe because of that?

This could be due to the fact that you are just too stubborn and rigid about your path to react to obstacles. The solution for this: become more flexible. A blade of grass strategy!

What is the blade of grass?

The blades of grass are just that: On the one hand, they are firmly rooted, yet they defy the wind with their flexible structure.

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What is closer to it than to move from blade of grass to blade of grass, from success to success, while keeping an eye on its goal, but also reacting flexibly to resistances?

In small steps to success

I don't know about you, but I keep noticing that the old saying "in small steps to success" is more than justified.

Because if you are rigidly focusing on your big goals, which you can still keep in the back of your head, you quickly overlook the opportunities and possibilities that sometimes arise unexpectedly at the edge of the path.

Serendipität

This phenomenon is also called serendipity. And the paradox of this is that these small successions often make the next step possible.

The blades of grass act as a kind of platform: And hopping from one blade of grass to the next means nothing but jumping from one station to another in its life, but also taking some detours and resisting resistance.

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A deliberately absurd example

This is a bit like using your bike as a service bicycle to save taxes. I have deliberately chosen this example to illustrate the absurdity of this mindset and all-or-nothing strategy.

The example goes like this: If you use your bike for more than 10 percent professionally, you can declare it as a service bicycle, record all costs as business expenses and determine the private use per logbook or according to the one-percent rule.

An expensive bike is worth it

With a new, expensive bike that can certainly pay off. Rule of thumb: With cheap vehicles that are driven a lot, worth the mileage allowance.

In expensive, the little used, the official vehicle is cheaper. Absurdly, in this way, the expensive bike even cheaper.

Careful bureaucracy

But beware: who - as soon as the bicycle is written off - wants to switch to the then probably cheaper mileage, the service bicycle must first make private again.

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And that works only if he records the time value of the bike as operating income! So it's a pretty complicated calculation, which some people prefer to avoid. So you better leave your fingers on the complicated topic.

The fear of even starting

Behind it is often fear: the fear of failure, the fear just to start. Because the goals seem so inaccessible. That's exactly what the blade strategy helps!

Because if you are a perfectionist, you know this problem for sure: An insurmountable mountain of work that seems to be getting bigger and bigger. And the bigger he gets, the sooner you are afraid of it.

It's not worth it, is it?

Because as a perfectionist you always want to accomplish the big picture - starting with less is not worth it - think.

Yes, it's worth it. Because if you start mining the mountain in small steps, you lose the fear of the big mountain. When you first start to deal with the topic - in our example the service bicycle - you will soon realize how much it is worthwhile.

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In small steps to success

And you will find that the mountain is not that bad, so big and insurmountable. If, on the other hand, you as a perfectionist only want to start when you can really handle the whole mountain at once.

Otherwise, you will probably never begin as the mountain grows bigger and your fear grows. So: in small steps to success.


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    On your side you will always find very helpful tips, thanks for that.

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