5 TED Talks That Will Keep You Focused On Your Goals All Damn Week

5 TED Talks That Will Keep You Focused On Your Goals All Damn Week

It’s normal to be supercharged and bulldoze through your goals at the start of the year, but as the months go bye you just may find yourself in the “abeg-I-can-not-come-and-kill-myself-lane”.

This article is very much for me as it is for you because a lot of times I just get into that “zoned out” zone and I really don’t feel like doing anything again. Let’s not even add how this year has been a very unusual one; if we start this discussion, it won’t end.

I can say that I have found my go-to headspace therapy which is podcasts(perfect for alone time. What I do is just find my bed, lie upside down with my feet raised on the wall, plug my ears and close my eyes. Very relaxing) and TED talks.

I abandoned the latter for a while, but yesterday I went back and was reminded of why I fell in love with that “space” first of all. And you would too if you clear up your schedule and listen to these power-packed TED talks that are specifically tailored to help you smash your goals for the short-term, long-term and those moments in between:

1. Keep your goals to yourself – Derek Sivers 

When I saw this one, I had assumed that Derek Sivers was going to preach what I already knew – keep my mouth shut and not let everyone know my business. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the angle he coined this presentation.
He reveals that repeated psychology tests have proven that telling someone your goals makes it less likely to happen.

‘Why?’ Because The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already done. And then because you’ve felt that satisfaction, you’re less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary. 

If I continue giving spoilers, I will spoil the show. Watch for yourself and enjoy.

2. Five ways how not to follow your dreams – Bel Pesce

Okay, let me paraphrase that ‘Do these five things and puff! Your dreams will die’. Was that harsh? Sorry.

Bel Pesce reiterates one thing that I have recently begun to grasp:

There’s no such thing as an overnight success

Your overnight success is actually 10 years or more of grinding and getting shark-tank rejections.

Other ‘Do Nots’ include:

Lay back when things are going well

Rely totally on others to achieve your goals

Constantly play the blame game

3. 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term – Ari Wallach

The future is now – no, really, the future is now. You better start thinking futuristically and making plans in that order. Don’t solve long term problems with short term solutions.

Reilly wants you to ask yourself this one question ‘What is your long term goal?’ And make your decisions, with that at the back of your mind. 

4. Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

If you want to have a great career, focus entirely on your passion. There is no going around it, according to Larry Smith. However, if you opt to rather live a normal life and settle for the ‘good job’, then continue making excuses for why you can’t pursue your dreams.
If you have been holding back on your dreams for one reason or the other, Larry’s speech is guaranteed to make you cringe – and laugh. Yeah, cringe and laugh.

5. Why you should define your fears instead of your goals – Tim Ferriss

What should you do when you are not goal setting? Fear-set. Lol. I’m sure ya like what is that? Well, the only other thing you do when you are not busy making plans is worrying. So before you worry yourself to death over scenarios that may never play out, you could just write down your fears and what you would do to remedy those situations. Then go ace your goals!



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