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... is that they can be intimidating. They can paralyze you into inaction.
The big picture can be overwhelming, but in little parts, it seems achievable. Every step forward brings you closer to a goal. Consistent action coupled with time guarantees lasting progress.
“The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”
Consistency and a series of purposeful actions will transform the way you work and hone in your chosen craft.
Instead of focusing on the outcome, concentrate on your small actions. Narrow your focus to a few minutes or hours of work on your goal, rather than looking at the goal as one big step or achievement.
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“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”
Kaizen, which means continuous improvement in Japanese was originally developed by Depression-Era management gurus in the US. The Japanese embraced the idea of improving and thriving in small steps, as opposed to working on a BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal).
The long, hard process looks difficult but is actually easy if we just focus on the small step that needs to be taken today, and do that consistently.
Most people want to change themselves completely. The problem is wanting to do everything at once.
Because this intense motivational boost can backfire — you shift from over-enthusiasm...
It is a byproduct of self-discipline — it requires a method, not just a positive attitude.
Rather than worrying about the end result, focus on how to make daily progress.
But by pushing ourselves too hard, we exhaust the mental muscles needed to stay focused, to avoid temptations, and to persist in the face of frustration or failure.