The default way of thinking about progress and success is in terms of concrete actions: the things you’re willing to do to get what you want.
It’s useful to invert that line of thinking: what are you not willing to do to get what you want?
- What are you not willing to consider, even though it might work?
- What are you willing to forego, even though it might cost you something?
- What are you willing to give up, even if it might have benefits?
- What restrictions on your own actions or behavior are you willing to accept?
Answering these questions is just as valuable as more traditional goal-based action planning: it’s one of the best ways of defining who you are, who you want to be, and how you intend to operate in the world.