“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while” – Gretchen Rubin
It’s easy to become obsessed with big objectives, projects, and dreams, and to subsequently become paralyzed with the enormity of the perceived effort required to achieve them.
This is often because we lose sight of one critical element of accomplishing big goals: daily, measured progress. Big deltas (changes) are comprised of a lot of little, daily deltas.
I was speaking yesterday in San Francisco to the local Young President’s Organization, and met a gentleman who has climbed several mountains over the past few years. He was intrigued by a mountain-climbing analogy I used in my talk, and wanted to share his personal experiences. He said that nearly everyone who looks up at the peak of the mountain at the start of the climb has the same thought: “what have I gotten myself into?!? How can I possibly get up there?”
However, he explained that once you are actually on the mountain, an interesting thing happens: you never see the peak until you’re almost there. The only thing you are thinking about is the next step, the next objective, the next stopping point. Those small, measured step goals eventually lead you up the side of the mountain, and ultimately to the peak.
If you obsess upon the ultimate objective, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and to ultimately give up hope. However, if you instead focus on your daily practices, your daily step goals, and steady, measured progress, you will find those little daily deltas adding up to something meaningful.
So here’s a question to consider: what one, small thing could you do every single day for the next month that would move the needle on a goal or ambition?
No one writes a book, launches a business, or changes an organization’s culture. All of these things are the result of daily commitment to steady, measured progress.
The small deltas are how you ultimately build a body of work you can be proud of.
Last modified: December 28, 2022