This quote “Yard by Yard Life’s hard – Inch by Inch life’s a cinch” has had a profound effect on my life. The moment I understood the inner meaning of this quote, I understood the art of finitiation.
I believe that getting success is a game of beliefs. The stronger your beliefs the better your chances of achieving success.
Before I proceed on with the discussion let us try to understand the belief system.Let’s us try to understand this quote and see what it has to do with beliefs.
Let’s go through belief cycle first. Belief cycle is a spiral. Following are the steps of the belief cycle
- Strong Beliefs
- Resourceful state
- Desired Results
- Strong beliefs put you into a resourceful state where you come with the ideas which take you in the direction of your desired goals
- Resourceful state lead you into taking actions
- When you take action you move towards your results
- Desired results strengthen your beliefs and next time you start with a stronger belief.
Now the question is what does it have to do with the quote “Yard by Yard Life’s hard – Inch by Inch life’s a cinch”
The idea is to break your goal into such small manageable chunk that the tasks does not consume much energy and doesn not look like a pain. The only constant in the this is that it requires little discipline.
It’s easier to complete small tasks. Accomplishing small tasks give you following benefits
- You will strengthen your beliefs
- You will start getting a sense of achievement for accomplishing the tasks.
The tasks will not look bigger any more.
I have used this strategy to achieve lot of my aspirations.
I will share an example over here. Going to the gym for me felt too big a task. It was overwhelming. I decided to start small. I ran on the treadmill for 10 minutes everyday and started ticking this off my list. I made an adjustment and increased spending time in the gym to 20 min per day and then this increased to 30 min per day. Then I shifted to training for marathon to include 10 km run.
Spending 10 mins a day was an easy tasks – this led to strengthen my beliefs. My beliefs got stronger and I started increasing the time in the gym. This is how belief spiral started operating itself and small achievements led to bigger achievements.
I am convinced that making one’s own hopes and dreams important in some small measure and feeling a sense of ownership and agency is healthy for all.
We sometimes forget or ignore our own goals. We say to ourselves ‘We don’t have time’, ‘I’m too old’, ‘We can’t afford it’. This approach is not good as this negative and reduce us as mere spectators of our own life.
I challenge you today to write down your goal and identify one small step which you can accomplish to start your journey.
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