I was listening to a podcast the other day (shocker! – it’s one of my favorite things to do) and I came across a Freakanomics podcast about the praise of incremental steps. The title grabbed my attention because obviously my blog is focused on little steps to live your best life. The correlation they presented between huge changes in our history and society and how they couldn’t have happened without little by little progress, really hit home to me.
Maybe it is super obvious to some but you don’t just wake up one day and have the rights to gay marriage or rights vote. These huge societal changes started small and by the persistence of many and little bits of progress building on the progress from before, we get the end result of a changed world.
Maybe your goals aren’t to change the world but you want to change your world. That’s awesome and you CAN do it by continually chipping away at that goal with a little bit of dedication and effort on a consistent basis. People so often think when you chase a goal or dream, it’s black and white and you’re either doing it or not. They don’t leave any room for error or rest. I see this all the time when people want to start a new workout plan or nutrition plan. They want to radically change their habits and after 7 days and they have one mess-up, they throw in the towel and revert back to their old ways. But what would happen if instead you allow yourself some grace and instead of working out hardcore for an hour 7 days a week, you made it a goal to just be active for 30 minutes a day for at least 4-5 days? If you stick on that track for a long enough time, you WILL make progress on your fitness goal.
Your life and who you are is based on the actions you do on a consistent basis. Your goals don’t have to be so huge that they are daunting and seem unachievable Breaking down your goal into incremental action items is key to achieving your big goals. You can write down those little action items on your to do list every day or every week to work on them. Over time, they will add up.
Don’t doubt the impact your making even if you haven’t achieved that big goal yet. Stay on course and have faith in the daily progress. Even the monumental changes in our society took little steps to achieve great victory.