The Goalpost Shifts
The Goalpost Shifts

The Goalpost Shifts

Can we talk about how much I really seem to lack perspective sometimes?

It's easy to forget that earlier this year, I was without a job for when I got of college, my YouTube drive was stagnant, and I was failing to get up early as often as I wanted to. GOOD LORD, what is wrong with human beings?

I'm a numbers guy. I enjoy looking at them. I like when they go up and when they go down mattering on what "good" means for that metric. The problem with this is in a world of numbers, you often lose perspective of what is "good".

As things improved for me over the years in my running career and now with this YouTube channel I have seen firsthand how steady and even massive growth in metrics can lead to a lack of perspective. Let me give you an example.

When I set out in this revamping of the Rise Productive brand and my YouTube channel in June I set goals. For example, I had the goal of reaching about 2150 subscribers and to have about 5,000 views, and 310 watch hours a month by the end of December 2021.

HAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAH... Wow. Was I wrong. Those goals have been obliterated since mid-October. With that in mind, I'm not nearly as satisfied with where my channel is as I thought I would be having destroyed every goal I made to start this journey off. The reason for this is a mental goalpost shift.

Moving the goalposts is a metaphor, derived from goal-based sports, that means to change the criterion of a process or competition while it is still in progress, in such a way that the new goal offers one side an advantage or disadvantage.

Any time I improve upon my capabilities to do something or the metrics that were previously achieved, they are no longer viewed in the same light due to a mental goalpost shift I seem to give myself. While it's always good to strive for improvement I'd like to point out the importance of striving for acceptance.

Not the acceptance to stay in the same place all the time, but to strive for the acceptance of one's self as they are while they are doing what they can to be at their best. It's a very stoic concept to only care about what you can control and not let outside factors affect you but it's easier said than done.

As someone who is a creator of content and a former competitive athlete, I have a lot of experience dealing with things outside of my control. Even though I was a pretty solid runner by all accounts I was pretty disappointed with myself after races that I didn't have a personal best. Thanks, mental goalpost shift! As the philosopher-king would say...

"It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.” – Marcus Aurelius

You know what Marcus, I'm going to do that THANKS! Thinking about how great my life is in the grand scheme of things and that I am able to make content that I enjoy is going to be my main goal moving forward.

Sure, it might not sound groundbreaking to say, "I'm going focus on improving my videos and enjoying making them," but if you think about things in your life that align I'm sure you can relate. As we approach a great time of year, and the closing of 2021 I ask all of you one thing. Please focus on the good in life and accept yourself for who you are. Because nobody else can be your hype man 24/7 like you can.

Have an awesome week!

  • Demetri

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