Do you have dreams that are so big you’re not even sure how to start on them? And suddenly you give up just because you realize it is too impossible – that you don’t have enough resources, not enough skills, not enough connections, or simply you think you just don’t have what it takes to be or to have that dream.
HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR MOST AMBITIOUS DREAM?
A lot of people say, “I’d like to travel the world someday,” or “Someday I’m going to have my own business.” But since Someday never appears on the calendar, it’s unlikely to happen. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires large visible actions, whether it is losing weight, building a business, writing a book, or achieving any other goals. We put too much pressure on ourselves that we get overwhelmed which leads us to frustration and disinterest; so much so that we just give up on our goals.
Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. We can turn our dream into a goal by creating a realistic timeline for ourselves. Even if it will not transpire for another year or two, or maybe even three, start now little by little in reaching that goal.
I got this concept from Stephen Duneier – author, strategy consultant, and Guinness World Record holder, in one of his talks. He pointed out that big success can come from taking just tiny steps. The idea that if you breakdown everything you could think of that goes into that goal and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together. This theory is also thought to come from Wilhelm Steinitz, a 19th-century chess world champion. He was a master of strategy who realized the value of gradually gaining advantages collectively can make the difference between getting silver and gold.
The term is “Marginal Adjustments”
It is breaking down those ambitious goals into more manageable decisions – types of decisions that need to be made correctly along the way in order to improve the odds of achieving the outcome you desire.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by doing too many things all at once; start with one change you want to make or a simple step that will lead you closer to your goals. Maybe you decide to quit smoking. You can start cutting down cigarette consumption each day. Once you’ve turned that into a daily habit, commit to it until you finally quit.
Morning coffee is also a classic example. Let’s say your dream is to open up a resto-bar within 5 years’ time. Giving up one hot drink a day can save 54K-ish a year, and in 5 years you’ll have 270K-ish based on an average cost of PHP150. Think about what you could do with that! Most of us just used to buy coffees or other unnecessary stuff out of habit, when in fact we don’t really want them.
Now, when I say I want to travel the world. I can’t just go hop on a plane. I need to make list on how to I can achieve it little by little.
I need to grab a pen and write it down, be as creative as possible, write down all the ways I think that will lead me closer to that goal. I take one step, take two steps, three steps. Every step is a tiny little decision that needs to be made correctly to achieve the ultimate outcome. We have to take that really big, ambitious projects, break them down to their simplest form and then make marginal improvements along the way to improve the odds of achieving them.
Every habit that you have — good or bad — is the result of many small decisions over time. It is about those tiny little decisions you make everyday.
LITTLE – TINY – SMALL – MICRO DECISIONS WE MAKE EVERYDAY!
And so the whole reason why I want to share this is because I’m hoping to inspire all of you to pull out those ambitious dreams of yours and start pursuing them by making that marginal adjustment to your routine.
After all, we are infact #thepursuerofdreams