Baby steps and big goals (DW #926)
May 31, 2021
We have been talking about baby steps.
But what if we have huge goals? Would baby steps be helpful?
Well, let’s answer this by means of a story: some of us may have heard of Roger Bannister who was the first person to break the 4-minute mile. At that time, it had never been done. And many (very smart) people believed that it could NOT be done.
Bannister of course was not so sure. How did he train for this huge goal?
By breaking it down into mini goals.
First, he trained until he could run a quarter mile in a minute. Then he trained until he could run half a mile in two minutes. After which he trained until he could run three-quarters of a mile in three minutes. Only then he trained until he thought he could run the full mile in less than four minutes.
On May 6, 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, the time keeper looked down and saw these magic numbers: 3:59.4.
Banister had done it. He had done what many thought was simply not possible.
How? By breaking down his audacious goal into bite sized mini goals.
How about you?
Do you have a big exciting SCARY goal? You know, that thing you would do if you weren’t afraid?
Yes. That one.
What is a mini or micro goal you need to hit enroute to that big goal? The thing that, once you achieve, will make it possible to hit the next target?
Make it small enough that it would count as a baby step.
Is now a good time to take start taking those baby steps?
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