Have you ever met someone who has achieved a certain level of success and you think to yourself “Wow, they are so lucky!” Or have you accomplished a big goal or met a huge milestone yourself and you perhaps attribute it to “a lucky break”? I hate to break it to you, but luck has nothing to do with it!
I’m sure many of you are familiar with and have heard the well-known Chinese proverb, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." When it comes to goal-setting, taking this approach and mindset can help keep you on the right path. Instead of trying to run a marathon the first time you put on running shoes, take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood first! Basically, do one small thing every single day to move you further towards your ultimate goal.
We can psych ourselves out sometimes when we think about the big overall picture of our goal. Instead of focusing on the end game, simply take one small step at a time. For example, take 60 seconds and make one sales call. Your overall goal may be to make 10 sales calls a day, but making that one call is still forward progress. Maybe you want to start exercising more and your intention is to go to the gym for 60 minutes every single day. That is fine and well, but doing small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away from the grocery store will also help incorporate more physical activity into your day.
Just to be clear, this approach doesn’t mean giving up on making those sales calls or exercising daily. It’s simply a reminder that even one small tiny thing can help you move towards your goals. All these small things may seem insignificant on their own, but they all start adding up like the grains of sand in an overturned hourglass. This is also a good reminder that you don’t have to knock it out of the park every single day in order to accomplish your goals. Goal-setting isn’t all or nothing. These small, incremental steps will start adding up and moving the needle. Before you know it, you’ve met your goal and it didn’t happen through luck or magic. It happened because of your hard work and dedication!
FUN FACT: Ever wondered what the difference is between a shamrock versus a clover? Wonder no more, as “a clover must have three leaves to be considered a shamrock. If the clover has more or less, then it is not a shamrock. Hence, all shamrocks are clovers, but not all clovers are shamrocks.”