Breaking it down – step by step.
Create the vision for your life, or your business, and you create a clear picture.
And sometimes, where you are headed can seem like a mountain – just too big to climb!
But if you break this down into stages, or base camps, it’s a lot easier for the brain to engage with what’s ahead when looking up.
Three months works well, and small, or incremental steps, are digestible on a daily or weekly basis.
I like this story provided by Oliver Dax from Devon based Monkey’s Paw Sales Training Consultancy;
‘If you create a 1% improvement in one area of your business today and each subsequent day do the same, 70 days from now the business capability will be twice as good as it is now.
This is known as the ability to aggregate marginal gains. So said Dave Brailsford.
In 2009, Dave Brailsford presented a plan to the British Government to build a cycling team capable of producing Britain’s first ever winner of the Tour de France.
He believed it would take four years.
His plan was based on an approach he described as “aggregating marginal gains” – the principal that small improvements can have a huge impact on the overall performance of the team.
Sir Dave, as he is now known, broke down the individual elements of a world-class cycling team and focused on improving each component piece by 1%.
And his plan, which resulted in Sir Bradley Wiggins becoming the first British winner of the Tour de France, did not take four years.
It took three.’
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao Tzu)
Getting clear on a bigger picture creates a powerful context, what’s at stake, or your ‘Why?’, to keep taking the steps.
And the accountability structure (a coach, a diary, or a scoreboard) supports the journey. The most successful people keep taking the actions that aren’t necessarily urgent, but important.
Taking action persistently, aligned with the vision, step by step, and you create purposeful momentum in your business life.