Chip Away

Posted on December 31, 2010

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It is the end of a year and the beginning of another. So, let the toasts and cheers to change begin. The next few days and weeks will be filled with visions of improvement and high hopes of something better. There will be a spike in gym memberships, choreographed decluttering efforts and a list of other promises we hope come to pass.

Unfortunately, the hope often fades before the end of January. Money is wasted. Lists are misplaced. Momentum is halted before it even gets going. I think there is one big reason for this. We get too ambitious and try to do too much at once.

In no way am I suggesting that you should not be ambitious. You should have big hopes and dreams. But think of them as a wood sculptor. Day-by-day, week-by-week, chip away at it. Here’s what I mean.

1. You can only do so much at a time. Commit to doing a small thing each day/week.

2. If you do a little every day or each week, over time you will start to see things take shape. That is called momentum.

3. When you have momentum, you gain confidence. Confidence improves your performance. Better performance equals better results.

One last thing to consider. You can’t chip away at 12 things at once. Pick one and let’s make it past January.

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