There are many famous sayings about the importance of patience and reaching your goals.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Take baby steps.
And my favorite;
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
I like the last one the best because it expresses two important aspects of achieving success. Knowing what you want, eating the elephant, and how it will be done, one step at a time.
There are no shortcuts to getting things done. The simple truth is you must get up every day and do the work necessary to make your dreams a reality.
The first time I tried to write a book was over fifteen years ago. I had free time in the afternoons, so I blocked out two hours to sit at my desk and write.
The one major mistake I made was being impatient for the finished product. When I look back on it now, I realize that every day I was actually making real progress. After a just a week I had finished the first chapter. At the time, however, I thought I wasn’t writing fast enough and unfortunately became frustrated with the entire process.
This time when I decided to start writing again, I reasoned that small daily success was the only way I would succeed. Instead of hoping to write the book in a month, I focused on small obtainable goals I could meet each day.
In the beginning, my goal wasn’t even to write, it was to just simply sit down with my little blue laptop at a certain time morning and do something that was related to my overall goal of writing a book. At first, this was learning how to use Scrivener, the word processor I use to write all my first drafts.
Next, I set the goal to create a list of ideas I could write about. After that, it was to write the outline for my book. Once I was finally ready to begin writing the book, I created goals based on how many words I would write a day.
The key was creating goals I could easily achieve in the time I had allotted for that day. This allowed me to focus on what I was doing in the current moment instead of becoming overwhelmed by thinking about all the unfinished tasks I had in front of me.
To use this lesson in your own endeavors, begin by deciding what it is you want to accomplish and then break it down into small obtainable steps you can achieve daily. If you are looking for a new job, instead of telling yourself how you must get a job today, begin by creating a resume or making a list of the possible places you could work at.
I knew a senior in high school once who wanted to get as many scholarships as possible so she could go to the college of her dreams. Instead of overwhelming herself with filling out all the applications in one sitting, she began months before the deadline.
On one night, she would research and find two or three scholarships to apply for. The next night or two, she would dedicate an hour to filling them out. After doing this consistently for four months, she had filled out at least ten times more than the average student. All her hard work paid off. She received more than enough to pay for her school of choice.
When you set out to accomplish great things, keep in mind they are made up of many small things that by themselves seem irrelevant and sometimes meaningless. Persevere and know that eventually, the little things will equal that which you truly desire.
Word by word I wrote this blog post, and step by step you can make your dreams a reality!
Until next time, Live Intentionally!
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