“When I have $5,000 to spare in the bank, then I’ll take a holiday.” I wonder how many times you have said a ‘when/then‘ statement like that.
Or perhaps one of these –
When I get this project complete, then I’ll take a day off.
When I have everything ready, then I’ll retire.
When I have the mortgage paid off, then I’ll feel secure.
People often make ‘when/then’ statements without realizing they are two separate goals. And the second one – the one stated after the word ‘then’ – doesn’t necessarily rely upon the first part!
Action – Write out three when/then statements you have in your life.
Draw a vertical line just before the word ‘then’. Now, see the two different goals and make the plans to achieve each one, regardless of the other.
‘When/then’ statements will always keep you stuck. Break them apart to get back on the move again. Sometimes it can be that simple.