Daily Short-hOPT: Mountains / Small Stones

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb

A quick hitter on this Monday afternoon:

Do you ever have those moments where you get “goal happy”? You start thinking about the things in your life that you’d like to change or improve, or you contemplate how you’d like to move up in your current position or maybe find a new place to hang out for 40 hours a week. If you do this, and you’re anything like me, you get these thoughts, but then they begin to snowball on you. You start to realize that you want to do EVERYTHING and you want to do it RIGHT DAMN NOW! (I generally dream these things up on a Sunday night as I’m trying to fall asleep. That’s my favorite time to change the world, apparently. Sleep be damned.)

The problem is, you can’t do all of it right now. It’s not plausible. Things take time and effort, especially the momentous, life-changing kind. But, you can do little things over time to get where you need to go. Here’s a good place to start: write it down.

In his New York Times post from a little over a year ago, Coach/Mentor/Consultant Michael Hyatt espouses the virtues of writing down your goals. He also offers up some tips regarding goal-setting as it pertains to putting ink to paper. As it pertains to this blog post, his first point is the most salient to me: Keep them few in number. Instead of spending most of my sleepless Sunday nights stirring up one goal after another, I would be better served by writing down a few attainable goals and working toward their completion.

While we’re on the subject, setting goals is really only phase one. There has to be some follow-through. For there to be follow-through, you have to take the first step. By that step, I mean the step after writing things down. As I’ve mentioned before, I have had a handful of people tell me they’re considering doing a blog of their own. Of these folks, I haven’t seen any of them pop up yet. Why not? Get rolling! You gotta do it.

Write it down. Make a plan. Put that first step in motion.

Have an awesome Monday,
-A.

Things take time and effort:
Do little things over time:

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