Great achievements are the sum of small, tiny victories. It is important that we take tiny steps towards our goals in life. The Chinese adage, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is both real and true. We need to make a start. We need to act.
Think big, but start small. Great achievements of a Michael Jordan, Sachin Tendulkar or a Tiger Woods are the results of tiny successes and small victories along the way. We may not get to the very top but still we have significant impact in what we do.
There are several kinds of people in this world.
There are the ‘general drifters”. These people have no goals and no visions. They generally drift about in life. Since they are not headed anywhere they reach nowhere.
Then there are the ‘self-doubters’. These people doubt their own abilities even before they get started. They hobble themselves with the chain of self-doubt that they make little or insignificant progress.
There are then the ‘oversized goal seekers’. These people want the moon and want it now. These people set themselves unrealistic goals in life. As a result they feel guilty for not achieving their targeted goals.
What is important is that we set ourselves realistic and achievable goals. When we succeed in these little goals that we set for ourselves then we add to our ‘fund of self-esteem’ as Stephen Covey states in his book ‘Seven habits of …”. We need to take the first step, but we need to take it in the direction of a small and achievable target.
It is perfectly fine to fail. It is perfectly fine to make mistakes. Neil Gaiman says “Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”. You can read more at “Make good art”.
The small successes that we achieve tend to not only increase our confidence but also motivate us to do even better. In other words it forms a virtuous cycle where we are goaded to excel.
It is never too early to start working towards your goals. Rather than waiting for an auspicious time, get started right away.
More importantly it is never too late also too start. So whether you are in your teens or on the ‘other’ side of 40, it is not late to begin. You have still have a lifetime to achieve your goals.
In others words, you can still ‘conquer the world!’