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Keys To Success, Inch by Inch

Posted Oct 14 2008 4:14am
As life goes on sometimes you think there's got to be a better way. We are looking for keys to success in life, success in our marriages and in raising our children. Well this weekend I came across this great key to success I thought I should share with you. Please share with us how this little tidbit changes your life.

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Inch by Inch

When I was a freshman in college I learned an unforgettable lesson.

I was having a rough week when there was a lot to do and very little time to do it. I was overwhelmed. I panicked.

That night a friend stopped by my dorm room. When I told him my problem, he said, “Mac, I'll share something with you that my grandmother told me a few years ago. She said to always remember: ‘Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.’

I said, “Bob, come on. Here I am drowning in work and your lifeline is a quote from your grandmother. Come on!”

After he left, however, those twelve little words kept dancing in my head. I took out a piece of notebook paper and listed all the things I had to do in the next three days. That night I began knocking them off one by one.

Three days later I took out that paper and marked through the last thing on the list. It felt great! And then I took out another piece of paper and wrote down the words: “Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.” I then folded the paper and put it in my wallet. As many of you know, I've been collecting quotes ever since.

You see, success doesn't come cascading like Niagara Falls; it comes one drop at a time through short-term, realistic goals.

Experts on motivation disagree on a lot of things, but one thing they all agree on is that your levels of motivation are directly tied to your expected probabilities of success. In other words, if you believe you can do something (the goals are realistic), you're likely to be highly motivated. If, however, you think you can't (because the goals are unrealistic) your motivation level falls greatly.

The lesson here is to continue to dream big dreams, but realize that the short-term goals that take you to the next plateau are the real keys to success.

Get out your paper and pen.

Start making your list of short-term, realistic goals.

If you're one of those people who struggles to stay on task, keep your list in front of you at all times to remind you what is important and needs to be done.

It's amazing how something so simple can make you successful.

Please share with us what your goals are this week and what you were able to accomplish.

Here's to your success,
Michelle Rothwell, Founder
Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish

Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish

and Advisor to Work At Home Parents

Work At Home Parents
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