29 July – Estimates and Achievements

Do you think Tony Robbins was correct when he said that “most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”

So… I’m not really a fan of Tony Robbins not a fan of all that overused positivity crap that people seem to be spewing everywhere.

That quote however, is quite a generic statement. But surprisingly enough I actually find myself disagreeing with the first part of his quote. The problem is that there are so many variables that come into play here, it’s really quite hard to include it in such a generic statement.

most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year.

Let’s look at that for a moment. Because everybody is so different, everybody has completely different goals. Some people may be looking at the next twelve months and want to be wanting to set themselves goals such as being promoted to a certain level, having $15,000 in savings, have gone on 4 overseas holidays, bought a new car, and be planning for a baby. On the flip side, there are those who’s goal might just be to be able to actually get a job and earn an income; or maybe their goal will be to survive their cancer diagnosis for twelve months. Or maybe their goal is to break up with a boyfriend / girlfriend and move to a new place. For me, my only goal at the moment is to focus on my health and recovery so I can bounce back stronger than I was.

Yes, they’re extremes, but it just goes to show that such a generic statement doesn’t necessarily apply to the general consensus because everybody’s circumstances and goals are so completely different.

most people underestimate what they can achieve in a decade

Probably because they get complacent. How many times have you thought about something that still, in your mind, only feels like it was less than twelve months ago, but was actually two or three years ago, if not longer?! I know I do this all the time. Because we (generally) lead such busy lives, we get too caught up in what we’re doing now, and then all of a sudden it’s tax time, or it’s Christmas and the last six months of the year have simply vanished as though it never happened.

Perhaps this is why people underestimate what they’re capable of achieving, because they’re too caught up in the now, to even contemplate the future because maybe for them, ten years seems like such a long time, and they just assume that they’ll still have plenty of time to achieve whatever goals they are setting, or want to be setting.

For me, just the thought of setting goals for the next ten years is quite daunting and incredibly depressing. Mainly because it means I’ll end up in my 40’s and I still haven’t quite come to grips with turning 30… Which was almost 2 years ago… !!! See, this is what I mean, I’m turning 32 this year and I still can’t get my head around the fact that at some point I turned 30.

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