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  January 7, 2011
Taking Baby Steps...

 

A good friend of mine once told me that goals were nothing but dreams with a timeline...

The new year brings a time to shed our bad habits...a time to make changes...a time for concentrated efforts...a time for renewed hope... a time for resolve...

Millions of people create promises (also known as resolutions) to themselves on January 1st to lose weight...save money...make more sales calls...stop smoking...go back to school...get back in shape...

...only to break every one of these promises within a few weeks of the new year.

It seems that promises are easier to make than keep...

One of the biggest problems is that the goals tend to focus on the future rather than the present. 

Twelve step organizations have seemed to figure this problem out.   To members of these organizations, the only important goal is the one you’re doing in the next 5 minutes...the next hour...the next day...and so on...

The famous motto of Alcoholics Anonymous is "One day at a time".  This perhaps seems to be the right way to go about achieving meaningful (and life-changing) goals...

Perhaps instead of setting a goal of losing 25 pounds this year, it should rather be to have a banana for breakfast instead of pancakes today.  Once that goal is accomplished...the the next goal might be to skip that donut that someone brought into the office and left in the break-room.  Once that step is achieved...the next goal is to order a salad at lunch (dressing on the side)...and so on and on until it time to turn out the lights and go to bed...

Accomplishing a big long-term goal is really nothing more than completing a series of incremental steps that build along the way...

One of the best things about creating smaller incremental goals is that if you should fail at one...there is another small one just down the road. 

If you lose your will-power and eat 3 pieces of pizza (or more) for dinner...then your next small goal is to skip dessert...every moment brings a new opportunity to start again...two out of three is far better than giving up altogether...

There is an ancient Chinese adage that asks, "How do you eat an elephant"? 

"One bite at a time", of course is the correct response.

If your goal is to lose weight...then it’s really about eating less calories at you next meal or skipping watching your next TV show and getting some exercise (or both preferably). 

If you goal is to add a million dollars in new sales in 2011, then it starts by making a sales call...and then another...and then another...

If your goal is to save money for a down-payment for a home, then it begins with the very first dollar you put in a savings account...

Great things are accomplished by doing small things over a lifetime...

Hank Aaron was enshrined in Baseball’s Hall-of-Fame by getting one hit at a time...not every time (in fact not even one hit every three times)... 

Same goes for Jerry Rice-one touchdown at a time...or Michael Jordan-one basket at a time...or Wayne Gretzky-one goal at a time...

All of the above great athletes, in their respective sports, failed more often than they succeeded.  Failing only made them more determined to do better next time.  Making a basket, a goal, or a catch is predicated on doing it over and over and over...

All accomplishment comes from that first step...and then the one after that...

You can do it...if you try...and keep trying...

Thank you very much for your support of OptiFuse where we refuse to give up trying to earn your business...


Jim Kalb
President
OptiFuse
jimk@optifuse.com


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