Accomplishment or What Might Have Been?

Some intentions turn into accomplishments and some drift to What Might Have Been.  What guides intentions one way or the other?

Yesterday, I remembered one guide when my guitar teacher asked me to perform publicly three weeks from now:  a time-limited goal, with accountability.  I have practiced the song I am to play, on average, five minutes every two weeks for the last three months.  My goal has been to playwpid-4813 the song eventually and sooner rather than later.  Yesterday, “eventually” became three weeks from now.  And, with this goal change, I have scheduled a daily practice of at least 10 minutes.  This is the power of a goal that has a near-future deadline…combined with accountability.  My guitar teacher is counting on me and there will be an audience…my guitar-playing just got real.

Where can you add a near-future deadline plus true accountability to shift an intention toward accomplishment and away from What Might Have Been?

Author: Tonya Lippert

With the publication of TRANSFORMING ADHD, I have crossed into the world of authorship, and, with this, blogging. My hope is that others find my sharing of resources, research and reflection of use. By workday, I am a mental health therapist, a part-time researcher, and a forensic interviewer. During my alone time, I am an aspiring author of children's picture books. I value close connection, compassion, kindness, reducing suffering, adventure, courage and playfulness. I want to live, and to help others to live, a rich, full and meaningful life.

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