Are You Defaulting to Regret?

14 March 2024 by GI Team


“Shweta, what happens when I know all of this but, sometimes, I just don’t have the motivation?”

One of the habits we abide by at Growth Idea is the 3 Rs. I often remind both my clients and my team to set aside time to regularly reflect on their goals, review their progress, and reset (if needed). It’s an important part of holding ourselves accountable to the things we say we’re going to do.

In a recent huddle, we were discussing the 3 reasons someone doesn’t do something –

  1. They don’t see the value in it.
  2. They don’t have the time for it.
  3. They don’t know how to go about it.

– and someone raised this question.

Let’s explore this with an example: Your goal is to learn a new skill to level up professionally.

You see the value in it. You have the time for it. And you know how to do it. Perhaps, you even went a step further and you used the SMART method to set this goal. But you simply aren’t motivated.

How can that be?

It’s important to remember that your habits determine your happiness and success. Don’t be okay with not doing what you should be doing – this is forming a (bad) habit.

It starts simply, perhaps with a sigh, “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow.”

This seemingly minute redirection of your time, energy and attention starts you down a damaging path. Before you know it, you’ve accumulated so many ‘I’ll do it tomorrows’, that you’ve now formed a habit and an attitude of procrastination.


Keep Choosing Discipline:

Set Rules.

Do not associate value with motivation because motivation is not a constant. Make rules, they’re easier to follow.

Example: At 4 o’clock on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for the next 3 months, I will dedicate 2 hours to learn X.

Become a master of distraction.

When your awareness is all over, so is your energy. For example, if you keep your phone nearby and have your social notifications switched on during a focus hour then you are allowing your environment (in this case, your device) to dictate where your awareness goes – you are no longer in control.

Have default timeslots in your diary.

Be very conscious and proactive about how and when you are scheduling your priorities. Ideally, you should match your highest priorities with your highest energy levels, i.e., maximise your efforts by doing the most critical work during your most productive hours.

If you don’t have discipline, I can guarantee that you will have regret. Time is a finite resource – make sure that you are allocating yours wisely.


If you find yourself struggling to make sufficient progress on your goals, speak to a business coach today – let us help you create a better reality.


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