Do you ever find yourself struggling to make progress on a goal – what do you do? Act like an infant! …metaphorically speaking.
Goals are meant to be big. They are meant to take time; yet too often we outpace ourselves early on which can be detrimental to overall success. Ambition turns into defeatism as we begin telling ourselves the finish line is out of reach. This is precisely the moment where we must act like an infant, because all infants are successful!
“When you were still a small child, you made your way around the world crawling on your hands and knees. Everyone else was walking, and one day you got into your little head that maybe you could give that a try to. Once that thought appeared, there was suddenly no “maybe” about it: you had to give it a try. There was no way you were not going to attempt it, fail at it, and then keep attempting it until you mastered it. Step-by-step, quite literally, we started working to develop the skills needed to walk.” – Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
Could you imagine if you gave up when you were an infant? Today you’d be crawling around on your hands and knees as a grown adult. Of course you didn’t give up then – and you shouldn’t today either!
Embody the relentless determination you had when learning to walk. Approach your goals moment to moment. Like learning to walk you should expect to fall. And just as you did when you were an infant, you get back up and keep working at it.
You first had to learn to crawl before you could walk. Similarly, you must break down annual goals into smaller (more manageable) milestones. Begin with a walking pace towards your goals; and before you know it, you will be running towards the finish line.
This is the power of continuous effort…this is the power of acting like an infant!
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