The problem with big goals

... 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.

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Tom Clancy
overnight success is ten years in the mak

There are no quick hacks that bring faster results.

Every incredibly successful person you know today has been through the boring, mundane, time-tested process that eventually brings success. 

Seth Godin
“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.”

Many people underestimate the power of incremental progress. They think they have to take massive action to achieve anything significant.

Radical change doesn’t stick. Lasting progress is incremental.

Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE

Jim Rohn
cess is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundament

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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Quick hacks won't bring faster results

Instead of reading every self-improvement post, focus on doing the actual work that needs to be done. You can inspire yourself to take action. Committing to the hard, long process is the only way though. 

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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.

Systems vs. goals
  • If you do something every day, it’s a system.
  • If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.

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