Habits, Philosophies, Productivity

Baby Steps

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

You know who said that? It was Rober Collier, world famous fuckin’… potato farmer or something. It’s good advice, advice that’s easy to ignore. When we consider the degree to which we allow our little actions to be swallowed up by our bigger ambitions, is it any wonder that things like New Years’ Resolutions fall short so consistently? 

No, it isn’t any wonder. Next subject.

Okay, so we’re all a bunch of screw ups, destined to live crappy lives with no success? I mean, yeah, if we don’t do something about it. So the question is what? I’ve been a self-improvement junkie almost to a fault (okay, entirely to a fault) since I could figure out that there was something wrong with me, and I think I’ve found an answer.

The first thing we need to do is focus on the moment. If “success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out”, then it goes without saying that little things, done when the moment calls for them, must be repeated every day in order to aggregate into success.

Look at your priorities right this second, and think “what small thing can I do right now?” Then do it. Tomorrow, just for one moment, repeat the process, just for one moment. Keep the habit going by rewarding yourself every time you do this. Eventually, it will become a way of life and you’ll be shocked at the results.

Second, practice what’s called self-compassion. If you forget to take a moment one day, forgive yourself. Understand that, whether your New Years’ Resolution craps out prematurely or you forget to take out the trash, understand that you are human, forgive yourself, and learn from your mistakes. The measure of success comes not from your defeats, but from your ability to bounce back from them and grow stronger as a result.

Now go get ‘em Tiger.


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