“Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.” – Saul Bellow
Recently I’ve heard several stories of miraculous achievement which start with a commitment of 15 minutes a day. New products for online businesses, new websites, fitness goals – all accomplished with the smallest of deliberate steps each day.
I have realised that I typically think about tasks in big blocks of time, like I need hours or days to complete something in one big hit. The problem is that the “one big hit” of time never arrives, or gets interrupted, or isn’t enough, or something.
It’s more sustainable, I think, to work in small chunks, more regularly. And the bonus is that by coming back to the work regularly or daily, our subconscious throws us new ideas and new tangents to explore creatively.
These IQ’s are a case-in-point. I’ve created a body of almost 240 of these now, by chipping away each day. If I initially thought “Hey, I want to create 240 IQ’s in one go!” I would have maybe produced 5 or 10, and then freaked out and given up.
Our round-Australia trip starting in January 2015 is another great example. The action list for that project is ENORMOUS, and we need to chip away regularly to ensure everything gets done.
What are your distant goals? What small steps can you take TODAY to get moving towards them?
I look forward to hearing from you!