Focus – how do you stay focused on your goals when the road seems too long?
We all have things we want to get done. Some days everything else gets in the way of what we really want to do. When overwhelm and distraction seem to be ruling the day, try this little technique I learned from my cycling friends. I call it: Just Make It To the Next Switchback.
I raced Mount Evans Hill Climb a few years ago. This race is 28 miles of climbing on your bicycle. Only in Colorado do they call a bike race up a 14,000 foot mountain a hill climb! How did I learn to keep riding up this mountain when it was hard, I was tired, it started to rain, I dropped my water bottle and my friends left me in the dust? I kept telling myself to just make it to the next switchback. I did that over and over until finally, I reached the summit.
I couldn’t climb this mountain by looking at the top and telling myself it was too hard. But I could make it one switchback at a time. Don’t let overwhelm and distraction take you way from your goals. Refocus by picking on small step you can take, then pick the next one and the next one. Before you know you will summit your mountain!
One Small Step – Micromovements
How do you tackle a big change that you want to make in your life? Here is a strategy that I learned from my amazing singer friend Karen Drucker. (www.KarenDrucker.com) She has produced more that 15 CD’s of her own music and she starts the process for a new CD in the same way every time. She goes to the office supply store and buys a new purple notebook, adds the subject dividers and then puts the ideas she has jotted down into the notebook. That is day one.
The next day she spends 5 minutes putting names on the divider tags. The next day she sits at the piano for 5 minutes to start writing the music for a song. If the muse visits, she keeps going. If not, she is done for the day. In this manner she sets aside an appointment with herself to do one small movement toward her goal.
So what is the key?
If Karen told herself she was going to spend one hour every day working on her new CD, how far would she likely get? As she told me, not very. By commiting to one small step every day. She tackles the huge project of her new CD and gets it done.
What do you want to accomplish?
Cleaning out that guest room? Finishing that scrapbook? Writing your book? Set aside one hour a day to do it? NO! Set a time, a specific date and allow 5 minutes only to start. That’s all. Then do the same the next day, and the next.
If you start and want to spend more than 5 minutes, then keep going. Just remember to start small and big things get done. Have fun!