The biggest step in goal setting is the smallest step. The smallest step is also the most significant, for without it, there is no attainment of the big goals. What is the Big Step? The first step! You have all heard, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” So what is this first step?
Up to now, you have figured out the Big Why: the deep-seated reasons for your goal. Something bigger than yourself, something that touches countless other lives. You have also had the Big Dream: you have seen what this looks like, you have felt it, tasted it touched it. You have created the Big Reach: the big plan, something that seems impossibly possible. You have taken the Big Reach and made it reachable by breaking it down into smaller and smaller chunks until you have a one-month goal that will stretch you, but you can attain.
Now comes the really hard part: ACTION!
This is the part that trips up most of us. This is why gyms are busy in January and empty in February. This is why most businesses fail. This is the meaning behind the proverb, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Intention without action leads to that spiral of self-condemnation that causes failure to feed upon failure. This is what feeds that inner critic, that inner voice that is always ready to condemn us. The voice I call the gremlin. It will scream, “See, you failed again! You’re not good enough!”
The Big Step is action. This is the kind of action that we see in Olympic athletes, who even though injured and sore, still compete and earn a spot on the podium. They didn’t “feel like it”. Yet they pushed beyond what they felt and did what they had to do to attain their Big Dream. The reason why the Big Step is so difficult is that it never is easy. It is never something we are up to, that we feel like doing. It is always something that is beyond our comfort and beyond our experience up to date.
It is that first step that is the hardest. Once you push beyond that first step, and accomplish the one-month goal, then you know from experience that you can accomplish the next one-month goal, and the next, and the next. Action, one step at a time, will take you to your Mt. Everest, to your gold medal podium, to your dream practice.
Your greatest victory is beginning the journey. Your greatest victory is taking The Big Step.
’til next time,