The tiny incremental actions you “do” on a daily basis have a much greater impact on your goal than you focussing on the “bigger picture”.
Let me elaborate…
Many of us have far-reaching goals and bigger dreams, but often the problem with such goals and dreams is that they are too big and thus intimidating, which diminishes our actions in the long run in order to reach those targets.
When we keep focusing on the bigger picture, fantasizing about it (and there’s nothing wrong with the action fantasizing per se), and overlooking the time and effort one has to put in to achieve that end point, one would drown slowly in a whirlpool of doubts and frustration.
As *insert multiple alleged authors* puts it, “People often overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but they greatly underestimate what they could accomplish in five years.”
Keep on moving every day, and even with small steps you will finish the
Hold your focus on the momentous incremental work, and before you realise it, you will be within reach of your goal.
Ice is melting. At the poles, it has been melting for a very long time now, but nobody notices until a major fault (geology) occurs in the glaciers, and everybody seems to be gasping at the dire truth. *Insert photo of polar bear on a tiny floating ice-cube*
Ironically speaking, you won’t be drowning..
Well, I hope that’s not your dream anyway..
But hey! No judging, you gotta do what you gotta do..
Seriously now, it’s a very similar scenario when it comes to steady progress towards anything. Being consistent, and above all patient, guarantees indelible gain.
“An overnight success is ten years in the making.” ~Tom Clancy
Every successful person, ever, had put in the hours upon the hours of consistent work in order to get to where they are. They didn’t wake up one day, and “Eureka! I found the apple!”
No, it was often small, negligible at times, frustrating at others, but above all, it was steady and they were patient—and they eventually got there.
“It’s about the journey, not the destination.” People frequently associate this quote to travelling, and although it may be intrinsically true, but the quote applies to our goals, and the tiny steps we have to appreciate along the way to reach our destination.
It will be boring, it will be mundane, and it is going to take a very long time to get there (depending on the size of your dream), but it will be worth it.
There are no tricks here, no hacks, and no fast routes to the ultimate dream. It’s about showing up every single day, gaining, learning, organizing—and ultimately, change will be upon your life and upon you.
And here’s the tricky part, the part where most people, who believe in hard work, fail and fall victim to frustration. It’s in the assumption that by doing a massive load of work every day, for a considerable while, they will be able to reach their destination. The truth is, most of them won’t, and the vast majority will give up after the first week…
So know your limits, know your strengths and weaknesses, and build upon what you already have. Create a daily system of tiny, and I mean tiny, incremental activities, that you would upgrade every other week with a few more drops of effort.
Whether it is learning a new language, practicing a skill, or even studying (we’ll touch upon spaced repetition some time later), you can do a few simple tasks every single day (consistency and patience are your allies here), and upgrading these actions periodically, in such a manner that these upgraded tasks don’t wear you down soon after. (You can test this by adding a couple of tasks, after a while, and by the end of the week, review your actions and act accordingly, upgrade, hold, or decrease.)
Enough with the theories and motivational boosts for now.
Go, give it a shot…
Stay true. Be relentless.
See you tomorrow*…
Before you go, if you are a late comer to this boot camp, and missed the introductory day, you can check an excerpt of it here.
If you have a more specific scenario you want my help with, you can contact me here.
*tomorrow: a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.