Let’s be honest. Have you ever wanted to tackle something big, like learning a language or musical instrument? Or maybe you started a DIY remodeling job at home? How about getting in shape or losing weight? Did it work out or did the task eventually become too overwhelming? There are many things we consider doing and sometimes start, only to give up because the size of the task is seemingly insurmountable.
Building a business is another example of a big task. Medworks has been around for over thirteen years and faces more challenges now than when it first began. But if you want to accomplish something significant, it will most likely first appear as a colossal challenge made up of many smaller pieces. Pieces? That’s the key! By systematically tackling the smaller challenges, big things get accomplished. The late coach John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen”.
Let’s break down a large goal, say working out regularly. Start with why. Maybe the motivation is to feel better, look better, live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight. Whatever the reason, make sure you understand it and feel it deeply.
- Write it down. Put it on the refrigerator, on your bathroom mirror, in your car, or anywhere you will see it frequently.
- Regularly remind yourself why you started.
- Begin with a small, manageable goal. Maybe you can work out for 15 minutes a day three times a week. If it’s been a while since you’ve worked out, start with a manageable routine. You don’t want to be discouraged early in the game.
- Commit to a 60-day plan. It takes about that long to develop (or break) a habit
- Stumbling is not failing. If you miss the goal one week, don’t give up! You will make mistakes and sometimes get off track, but that’s no reason to quit. Just factor it in, forgive yourself and move forward.
- Once you are feeling good about the routine, begin to raise your goal.
- Congratulate yourself! You are on your way to attaining something big!
I want to encourage you to go for the big goal that fear of failure has prevented you from attempting in the past. Start small and go big! Look for a future blog on the fear of failure.