“One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” – Karen Casey
I like using weightlifting metaphors when discussing quotes like this. If you go to the gym and increase the weight you lift each time by 5-10 lbs, you can see how much weight you’ll be pushing by the end of the year. Realistically, this would be a difficult thing to do, as our bodies adjust to the increased stress and will plateau at various points.
Karen’s point is that if we just do a little bit of work towards our goals, we will achieve them. Some will take longer than others, but the results will be the same, provided you are taking the “right” actions to achieve your goals. Working out and then going home and drinking, smoking, and shoving your face full of junk food is counter-productive. You are literally working against yourself. This is just an example. I think you get the point.
I tend to set and work toward goals that are roughly 13 weeks. In 13 weeks I can read 3-4 books. In 13 weeks I can lose 13lbs or gain 13lbs. In 13 weeks I can write 91 pages. This is what incremental progression looks like and can produce as long as you carve out a little bit of time to achieve those daily goals that contribute to the weekly, quarterly and annual goals you set for yourself.
Take any goal you set. Break it down into easily accomplished tasks that will take roughly 13 weeks to accomplish and then figure out what you need to do each day to accomplish it. Here’s a quick walkthrough.
Let’s say I want to finish 3 books in 13 weeks. I figure out there are 40 chapters in all of the books I’ve identified. That’s roughly 1 chapter in each book per week. Now I take three days (Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday) and will read one book’s chapter on Saturday, another book’s chapter on Sunday, and another book’s chapter on Thursday. Easy right? After seeing how this exercise worked, is there any doubt in your mind that you would not be able to knock out all three books by the end of your 13-week goal period? No, as long as you stick to the plan, you’ll get there without any doubt.
You can do this with anything you are looking to accomplish. One piece of advice. There are some goals that will take you longer than 13 weeks obviously. In this case, you’ll have to break that goal down into smaller chunks, so that your “piece” of that goal can be accomplished in 13 weeks.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. I can help you with one of your goals if you need assistance.
Until next time…