People have the habit of achieving something bigger than themselves. They want to be on the top all at once, never realizing they had to get pass through lower stages first, and then, when they fall short, they get discouraged.
Although having giant goals can be thrilling, it can also be very tiring if you’re ill-equipped. As we know ‘Big battles’ are not won in a day—it takes time. It’s complicated and requires more stamina. You can easily get dispirited—when you don’t see quick results. Perhaps, you may lose enthusiasm to continue fighting—but don’t let that happen! Best way to keep you less overwhelmed and more motivated is to win small battles, gain some experience along the way, and then gradually go for larger ones.
For example: you planned to run a marathon, of which you know almost nothing, and suddenly from the very first day started running big distances 10kms or more…What will happen? How many weeks you can do that? Ultimately you’ll give in to the pressure of exhaustion, feel like it’s too unattainable and quit. You can’t sustain a tough regime until you’re prepared to handle the challenges of it. Think of it this way, maybe it’s not such a good idea to run long distances in one stretch at the very beginning.
Ideally, it would be to go for something—which is little out-of-reach, but achievable. While trying to run marathon start with 1 mile or 2 mile… You’ll be much happier and confident towards the end of the month, than you did have if you ran big distances, or didn’t run at all. Once you accomplish small goals, you’ll feel strong enough to set bigger goals, and will be able to find courage to achieve them too. Finally, after you’ve trained for little more than a year you might as well run for a marathon…You may be thinking how these little steps can battle well… where great efforts fail in decisive moments. But they do. That’s the magic of these tiny steps.
Taking small steps forward are much more encouraging and reliable approach to get to your dreams than if you took big steps. Because it gives you enough time to adjust on your new path, and secondly, you have better control over these small portions. Once you learn to overcome difficulties at initial stages, you will be more capable to handle whatever comes next.
Therefore, develop a plan to simplify everything… Break your major goals down to mini-goals—that you can do right now to move forward… Split each project into task and objectives and focus on these small-size portions that can be attained in a day. You will be amazed to see how easy it is to achieve them. This means, that if your goal is to write an article of 1500 words, you may break it into three smaller goals of 500 words each. Writing five hundred words sound easy than writing fifteen hundred; it now seems a lot more doable, isn’t it?
Once you have a little progress to show for it, enjoy it, reward yourself… Go to coffee shop grab a chocolate pancake, pour yourself a well-deserved coffee and celebrate the moment, before you move forward! If you do this, you’ll accomplish so much more…With each completed task, no matter how small will boost your confidence level, and give you hope that your dream project is realistic and achievable!
(Excerpt from my book- Rise Today, Lead Tomorrow, that I’ve recently published)
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