“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am traveling this week, so my time has been short. However, someone pointed me to this Brian Tracy video and I just had to share it.
Mr. Tracy’s exercise makes use of three very important principles.
1. Write down your goals. I’ve said it before. If you keep them in your head, they are not as likely to become a reality. If you take the time to put them on paper, they become more real and are more likely to happen. My friend Kirk mentions much the same thing in a post from 2006. Rather than recreate his post, if you’d like to learn more, read it here.
2. Break large goals into smaller, achievable steps. Often we get discouraged because the road ahead looks long and dangerous. As an example, this past weekend I ran a 10K. Just thinking about the 6.2 miles had me worried–for many reasons, I hadn’t trained as much as I would have liked. Finishing in a reasonable time was going to be tougher than I’d planned. However, I put all of that out of my head. I began the race and just focused on relaxing and running the next mile. I knew I could run a mile. At each marker, I rejoiced, congratulated myself, and set my sites on the next marker. Before I knew it, the finish line was in site and I was feeling great!
3. Do something now. Don’t wait for tomorrow, you might change your mind. Remember the law of inertia? It works emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. So move now. Complete the first step and taking the second step will be that much easier.
I’d love to hear about successes or struggles in the comments section!