When I was a freshman in
college I learned an unforgettable
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I was having a rough week when
there was a lot to do and very little time to do it. I was
overwhelmed. I panicked.
That night a friend stopped by
my dorm room. When I told him my problem, he said, “Mac, I’ll
share something with you that my grandmother told me a few years
ago. She said to always remember: ‘Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.
Yard by yard, life is hard.’”
I said, “Bob, here I am
drowning in work and your lifeline is a quote from your
grandmother. Come on!”
After he left, however, those
twelve little words kept dancing in my head. I took out a piece
of notebook paper and listed all the things I had to do in the
next three days. That night I began knocking them off one by
Three days later I took out
that paper and marked through the last thing on the list. It
felt great! And then I took out another piece of paper and wrote
down the words: “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard,
life is hard.” I then folded the paper and put it in my wallet.
As many of you know, I’ve been collecting quotes ever since.
You see, over the years I’ve
learned that success doesn’t come cascading like Niagara Falls;
it comes one drop at a time through short-term, realistic goals.
Experts on motivation disagree
on a lot of things, but one thing they all agree on is that your
levels of motivation are directly tied to your expected
probabilities of success. In other words, if you believe you can
do something (the goals are realistic), you’re likely to be
highly motivated. If, however, you think you can’t (because the
goals are unrealistic) your motivation level falls greatly.
The lesson here is to continue
to dream big dreams, but realize that the short-term goals that
take you to the next plateau are the real keys to success.
The article above was excerpted from the book
"The Nature of Success" by Mac Anderson.
It is reprinted here with permission. You may share this story
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