Lets look at another goal. For New Years you decide to run a mile every morning. Now, if you are like many people, you aren’t in good enough shape to run a mile. If you try, tomorrow you will be sore and tired, and your New Years resolution (goal) will fade and be forgotten. It’s better to break-up your goal into small achievable parts. You may plan to get up an hour early tomorrow morning. Don’t try running, don’t even plan on walking, just get up and start your day an hour earlier than you are used to. After a week or so, you will become accustomed to getting up early, and the earlier time will become natural for you. Now start walking. For the next week walk a mile. Once you are used to doing that, start running for short periods. Run, walk, run, walk. Gradually increase the amount of time you are running until you are running the full mile daily.
This may take weeks, or if you’ve been a major couch potato for a long time, it might take months to achieve. A goal doesn’t happen in one day – it takes time and work. A goal worth doing may take many years (yes, years) to accomplish. If you ever need a brain surgeon, you will want to hire the doctor who was well coordinated and could use his hands well since childhood. You know, the one who could color in the lines from an early age. That reminds me of that old joke where the kid asks a musician how to get to Carnegie Hall and the musician tells the kid “practice, practice, practice.”
When you set your goals, decide what you want to accomplish. Set a date and time when you will work on your goal. Have the goal specific and measurable, such as “do one more sit-up every day until I can do a hundred,” rather than to “get into better shape”. “I will spend Saturday nights playing with my children for two hours” is a goal, while “I won’t go to the bar on Saturday nights” isn’t. Don’t be afraid to stretch your imagination and reach for the sky. If it’s your dream, jump out of an airplane, but don’t take dangerous risks either: use a parachute! Another common expression that I’m sure you’ve heard is: If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
Thomas A. Edison
US inventor (1847 – 1931)