The other day I was asked "how many sprints do you do?".
My response was - one, at a time.
When I pondered on this simple answer, I realized that it applied to so much more than running around a track.
Often, we think of things in the largest sense possible. Rather than breaking down the steps needed to achieve a task. We look at the large, sometimes daunting task in front of us, and often procrastinate because well, where do we even start?
If you've heard someone say "Rome wasn't built in a day" they are right. But, what they failed to recognize is that while it may not have been built in a day, it was build everyday. We cannot finish something we don't start.
What task or goal lies ahead of you that seems just a little bit too hard, too complex, or just downright out of reach? Stop focusing on the task as a whole, and focus on one single step at a time. What can you do today that will get you closer to that goal tomorrow, next week, in a month?
What if you start and you just can't do it?
Well then you start and you can't do it today.
It doesn't mean that you wont be able to do it tomorrow, or the next day. Focus on your "small efforts". Give yourself the courage to try, permission to succeed, and the humility to fail.
Break up your goal, one task at a time, and you would be amazed at what you can accomplish.