Truth Bomb Tuesday: Most people get this wrong, but there is incredible power in getting it right.
There is power in small steps.
In fact, if I really look at it, I think this is where all lasting change comes from.
Focused intention, incremental steps, consistently implemented.
This is the holy trinity of change.
But most of us don’t have the patience for this. And without patience, we calibrate all three dials in exactly the wrong direction.
We don’t practice focused intention. Our focus drifts all over the place. It locks on to whatever shiny thing is flavour of the month. I’m going to start my own businesses. Actually, I’m going to trade foreign exchange. Actually, I’m going back to tafe to become a hairdresser.
We end up all over the shop.
And we don’t go for incremental steps. We go for hero moves. We go for kill-shots. We want to knock it out of the park with one almighty wallop.
We want to be fabulously wealthy by the end of the week, after a single deal. We don’t want to put a string of deals together over the next two years.
(Who’s got time for that?)
And we don’t implement anything consistently. We run hot and cold. We give it a tonne of attention one week, and then completely forget about it the next. We chip away, get frustrated with our progress, and then give up on it.
This just seems to be how humans are wired.
But the hard truth we have to face is that the road to success – the road to genuine change – is not sexy.
It doesn’t involve a momentary flash of brilliance, a single powerful strike, and then putting our feet up and the end of the week with a job well done.
It’s not sexy like that.
It’s boring. It’s slow and its boring.
It requires holding focus. It requires picking your line and sticking to it, no matter how slow and boring the going gets.
And it involves small steps. It involves just doing little bits here and there. It involves letting small sustainable steps pile up over time into a giant leap.
And it involves consistent action. It involves the discipline to keep ourselves to the task, even when it gets hard, or it gets boring, or we get side-swiped by a hundred other distractions.
I wish I could tell you that it’s sexy. I wish I could tell you that its quick. I wish I could tell you that its easy.
But it’s not. This is the trinity of change: Focused intention, incremental steps, consistently implemented.
But while this might not sound sexy, there is a power in this that is almost impossible to believe.
With this formula, you really can almost do anything. You can achieve anything. You can be whoever you want to be.
Just keep you head down. Keep the faith. Keep chipping away.
Before you know it, you will have done incredible things.
This is the just the way it works.