Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I received this in my inbox today. I really liked it so I thought I'd post it here too!
The simplicity of this concept can be demonstrated by the ancient story of the Greek wrestler who would carry a calf on his shoulders for a few hours each day. He did so from the time that the calf was born until she was three years old – and despite the fact that the calf grew heavier and heavier, he was able to do so. Those who watched him were amazed at his incredible strength; those who heard about it did not believe what they heard. None of them realized that what he done was fooling his subconscious mind by conditioning it.
His mind was well aware that lifting a full grown cow was a virtually impossible feat for a human being. However, lifting a newborn calf was within the wrestler’s abilities. The day-to-day growth of the animal was so slight it was nearly imperceptible. His strength increased daily in minute increments.
And therein lays the secret to accomplishing the impossible, the formidable or the overwhelming:
Break your huge task into many smaller goals. Create goals that are relatively easy to accomplish. The next step is to build upon them.
The bottom line is this: If you can make one change, you have the ability change once more, and then a third time as well.
Today, let’s start small. Small, yet effectively.