“Be relentless – you’ll eventually find that moment when your small steps allow you to suddenly take that giant leap!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Success is a series of small steps, suddenly cumulative in their impact.
I was thinking about that yesterday when I decided to brighten up my day by putting together a short little show about nothing in particular in the studio. Some of the days run together, cumulative in their slow pace of winter, absent the normal activities of skiing and other things.
With that in mind, I keep many concepts for staying positive in my mind. One is to keep learning, practicing, focusing, attempting, trying.
Call it the cumulative success that comes from a relentless focus on small steps.
Starting late in life, I was a marginal skier until I wasn’t – and was finally able to ‘conquer the Wiggle,’ a particularly steep, cliff-like hill at my local ski club. (We’re closed this year so far due to the pandemic).
At my home golf course, the river on 11 proved to be a massive psychological barrier, resulting in numerous bits of time sitting on the ‘bench fo shame’ at #12 – until it wasn’t.
Doing my first national radio show way back in 1995 was a terrifying and daunting experience until it wasn’t – which made for an easy transition into my 2nd and 3rd national shows.
My virtual work is the same – there is so much to master in terms of format, set design, content and layout, packing, structure, camera placement – that I’ll keep working at perfecting my craft. What seemed daunting but a month ago is but a moment of easy routine today.
10,000 hours you know – and maybe I’m about halfway there! Small steps – big wins!