“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot, Born Sep. 19, 1888.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
If you have a massive project, which will take days (if not weeks) to accomplish, many people lack the organization and willpower to see it through on their own.
Getting started is something everyone can do.
FINISHING is something only successful people manage to do. Funny how that works, right?
Finishing is the great divider. If you want to write, write. Anyone can write. If you want to be a WRITER, then you must finish what you write.
Finish, and you’ll be ahead of fully 80-90% of everyone who is trying and will ultimately fail.
So how? How to finish?
The secret of finishing is to break the larger tasks down into simple, easy-to-complete micro-tasks.
So that even if you can only work on the project for five minutes at a time, progress is accomplished, tasks are checked off, and milestones are approached – and passed.
One after the other until you arrive at the end.
Even if you have to do it inch by inch.
Make a plan, map your progress toward the finish line. Have a checklist. Mark off milestones. FINISH before starting something else.
And that is the secret of success.
Not good ideas.
Not perfection in execution.
Not getting started.
It's in finishing. For better or worse.
The more things you FINISH, the more successful you will be.
The FASTER you can finish, the more things you can try.
Break it down until making daily measurable progress is almost easy and automatic. And your success will be all but inevitable.
Are you inching closer to your goals in a meaningful way every day?
<!—- lagniappe Here is a short list of steps you should take to make a big goal into a series of short steps. (Lol) 1. Start with the end goal in mind. Define it clearly. 2. Then take a harsh look and scale it back to the bare minimum functionality needed. Call that “alpha”. That’s the goal now. 3. Then pick a date you want it to happen by. If it’s something you’ve wanted to do for more than a year, give yourself a year. You obviously don’t need it urgently. Don’t set the bar too high. 4. Break up that timeline into the next smallest chunk. If you picked a year, break it down by month. Give yourself 12 major milestones. 5. Then chunk it again by week, but only do that for the first two months. So, now it’s 8 weekly goals. 6. Then, chunk it down by day, but just for the first 2 weeks. The reason we aren’t doing the WHOLE plan now is because we want to stay flexible and not waste time if things change. This way, two weeks out is always open and subject to change. 7. Now look at your daily goal, and if you’ve got a task on any given day that takes more than an hour, reconsider how you have chunked things. Remember, we want to keep the bar low. Maybe an hour a day is too much. In which case, adjust. 8. Once you have a one-hour goal per day for the next two weeks, with a loose plan for the next 6 weeks, and a looser plan for the remaining 10 months - that’s an achievable series of milestones. 9. Then start doing it. You’re going to find that you were probably wrong about your achievement levels. That’s okay. That’s why we didn’t waste time planning too far ahead. Finish these two weeks worth of tasks, even if they take longer. We want to know how we have to adjust. 10. Once we finish those, you have a more realistic baseline for checking off milestones. Adjust accordingly. Revisit when you hit 25% of the plan, because likely you will improve and start working faster. Look, from here, I think you should have it well in hand. The idea is to teach yourself to do this for all goals, and make it so that even if you are like me - lazy, unfocused, sloppy, etc. - you can still cover ground and make moves that LEAD somewhere. So do it. Make that plan. Today. Tomorrow, you start day one. —->
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A great reminder on Time Management. But the Exclusive Lagniappe Section in the email is THE REAL DEAL. The 10-step process is Priceless!
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