Small Steps

100 miles, 160km – sounds like a long way, and it is. Here’s the secret though, it is achieved through a bunch of small steps, one after the other.  In and of themselves those steps aren’t much, but add them all together and you have a feat of human endurance.  The same goes for whatever endeavour you wish you undertake, be it sporting, academic, or in your career.  

The key of course is consistency! Rip, shit or bust just won’t cut it. A fit, start or hive of activity followed by tumbleweed because you couldn’t sustain the frenetic pace with which you started will leave you feeling guilty and like a failure. You might make some forward progress with an inconsistent approach, but the real good stuff? that comes from regularly chipping away at your goal.

Here are my top tips for consistent small steps both during adventures and in your daily life!

  • Write down and review your goals DAILY. Yes, I do this at the start of EVERY DAY. I write my goals so they are at the forefront of my mind and my subconscious is set up for the day to look for opportunities to reach my goals.
  • Write down a daily actionable result list. Not a vague to do list.  This list is short and achievable and is for particular actions and results that will take me closer to my goal.
  • Focus on the process and what you can do today, or right now to move forward – and do it.  The big picture and end result can be overwhelming, but there is always a small step you can take right now. At the end of the day it is the process that will get you where you want to go.
  • Do something you love, that sets you on fire and that drives you.  You won’t always want to do it, motivation will wax and wane, but if your goal is something that can get you out of bed your chances of success will be much greater.
  • Tell those close to you, or if you’re like me, tell the world your dream! If you’ve put it out there you have a greater chance of holding yourself accountable.
  • Surround yourself with successful people, their motivation will rub off. You might be lucky to have people in your circle who inspire you.  If you don’t go and look for them.  You’ll find them on podcasts, in books, and on social media.  There are hustlers, go getters, and badass humans out there.  Their energy will rub off on you.

I’ll dive deeper into each of these topics in upcoming blogs.  For now, I hope you’re fired up and ready to take on your goal with consistency. Let me know your thoughts and feedback.

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