REFLECTION — I’m a man of ambition! Full of power, no one can stop me! Only God can stop me! I love taking risks and that’s what built me. I will rule the world!
Alright, alright, I wish you good luck. But what’s your target, what do you want to achieve?
Hmm, I don’t know yet. I just want to make a change to a better world.
That’s what I thought when I was still in university. I had a big willingness to make an impact but didn’t know exactly what my target was. At least I have the big visions, but don’t know what to do to achieve them all. I think it’s not just me. Everyone has their time when they want to achieve something, but don’t know how to do it. I believe that it’s not because we are not competent enough to achieve it, but I think it’s more about we don’t know how to break down that achievement.
Human brain isn’t programmed to process too many things at the same time. We are supposed to process one action at one time. It doesn’t mean that humans can’t multitask, but to get the best result multitasking isn’t recommended. A big vision, or a big achievement doesn’t count as one action, but rather as a set collection of action. That’s why we lose control of our brain when we think about how to accomplish a big achievement without breaking it down.
Right now, my best friend when it comes to defining targets is my pen and my notebook. When I find a target that might be fun to achieve, I will always sit down and spend my time writing and break down all things up. I call it breaking down into milestones. Let’s take an example. The big target is I want to make my own game studio, developing my own game. When we hear it we will simply think that it will be really hard. Yes of course it will be hard, but the question is not is it hard or not. The question is more like is it achievable or not.
I will start to break it down into some milestones like I need to learn about 3D design, I need to learn about programming for the game, I need to find a partner who can help me, I need to find a way to do the marketing, etc. After we break it down into many milestones, we can start to write about the most feasible thing to achieve that milestone. After we break down all the things, it will start to make sense. And we will start to regain control of our brain. We can see what things are feasible and what are not.
Is it compulsory to use a pen and notebook to do this? My answer is it depends. In my case, when I write using my hand, my brain will change the gear into more strategic mode. It’s hard to explain, but I didn’t get that vibe when I just typed it on my laptop. But for you, it might be different. The main objective is you can break down your target until you find the most feasible way to achieve it. I did it for most of my things that I feel too big to achieve. Even though not all things achieved of course, but at least I know what to do. Sometimes by doing this we figure out a bigger achievement rather than the one we thought at first. Why not start it now for yours, what’s worse can happen?
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