The Value of a Long-Term Perspective

Jordan Mendiola

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Imagine a world where no one has a long-term perspective and you get millions of people who never achieve their goals and quit early.

On the flip side, if everyone had a long-term perspective, the results would be shocking. Everyone would achieve their goals and feel extremely proud of themselves.

Living life with the long-term in mind takes off all the pressure on your shoulders and allows you to take every day one step at a time. If fulfillment and appreciation are what you seek, then the long-term view is for you.

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You Get to Stop and Smell The Roses

There are so many entrepreneurs who are striving to build their own businesses and do whatever it takes to get there. The thing about being so immersed in your work is that you become a workaholic who doesn’t stop to smell the roses.

If you spend your entire life trying to reach your goal and nothing else, you’re going to feel empty inside and filled with regret once you make it to your destination. There are guys who get all the money they wanted, yet feel lonely and depressed.

In anything you’re striving to achieve, it’s important to bring your friends and family along for the ride. Who knows, you may even meet the love of your life and be able to share the journey of your rise to the top. Conor McGregor’s wife was there for him when he lived in a basement, and she’s right by his side as he’s a world champion.

If you reach old age and have no pictures or memories to look back on, you didn’t do it right. You didn’t live your life. You worked your entire life and have nothing but money or your goal, with no one by your side.

Approach life at a slow pace and enjoy all aspects of it. That’s how you avoid having regret.

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You Don’t Feel Pressured

Anytime we are given deadlines and timelines, some anxiety strikes in every single one of us. By not having a deadline to achieve a goal, you take the pressure off yourself and do it because you want to, not because you feel forced.

When I started blogging, all I was concerned about was writing the story that made me thousands of dollars. When that day didn’t come, I wrote my first story that earned $100. Ever since then, I’ve had a few stories pop without even trying.

Commit to the long-term because it removes the stress and just lets you do what you’ve gotta do.

Everything has something to say. I remember senior year of high school, everyone asked, “where are you going to school?”, “what are you studying?”, “What job are you going for?”, and so much more. It can be overwhelming to get bombarded by curiosities and can feel the judgment.

We aren’t in high school anymore, so let’s not act like we are. We’ve grown into adults who can make our own decisions, live our own lives, and don’t need to answer to anybody.

Free-will is a huge part of long-term thinking because it allows you to do the things you want to do and not the things you should do.

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You Understand Everything is a Process

Anything you want to do in life is a process. It’s going to require hard work and commitment. Some of the most successful people like Jeff Bezos had to trust in his business to create what we all know today as Amazon.

People will doubt and judge you based on where you’re at versus where you’ll be at a few months or years from now and that’s okay. You can’t allow people’s opinions to crush your dreams, lead you to impatience, and ultimately quit.

In my lifetime, I have failed at photography, writing, YouTube, winning races, and the military. Every experience came with failures and it crushed me. Instead of getting discouraged and giving up, I kept my head up and found strategies that could work better for next time.

Instant gratification is a blessing and a curse. In the short-term getting, the thing you want feels incredible. But in the long-run, it causes you to take your foot off the pedal and become complacent.

To heighten your chances of being successful, commit to the long-term approach and don’t let anything rush you — not your parents, your friends, or your idols. Do your tasks at your own pace, when you’re ready, and you’ll enjoy it so much more.

Final Thought

When you have a long-term perspective, you unlock a new world of possibilities.

Everything that seemed unachievable suddenly becomes achievable.

It takes grit, passion, and desire to break through the wall of self-doubt and uncertainty, but with the long-term perspective, you’re guaranteed to prevail.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email:

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