Because of the work I do with teams, I often find myself helping others to identify their goals and create a plan to achieve them. And while spontaneity and excitement can be fun, I also understand the importance of planning and intentionality in achieving long-term success.
The quote, “We always overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year,” really resonated with me. It made me realize that the key to achieving success is not just in the day-to-day hustle, but also in the consistent effort we put in over time. It’s about having the discipline to return day after day, week after week, and work towards our goals even when we encounter distractions and setbacks.
For me, the key to staying on track has been to surround myself with the right people and tools. I know I am easily distracted, so I make sure to work with others who are focused and driven and share my shortcomings with them, I also use tools to help me stay on track.
Perhaps the most important tool in my arsenal has been the ability to reflect on my progress and adjust my course when needed. At critical junctures during the year, I ask myself the question: Will this help me be satisfied and fulfilled with what happened or disappointed?
This simple question has helped me stay focused on what really matters and avoid getting bogged down in distractions. During my end of the year review it is easy to tell where I stayed on task. If I made a course correction I know it was deliberate and international, not lazy or accidental.
One project that I’ve been working on for a long time is creating a curriculum for bereaved fathers. It’s a passion project of mine, and while it’s not quite ready for prime time, I’ve been able to make consistent progress on it over the years. By breaking the project down into smaller, more manageable tasks and consistently returning to it, I’ve been able to make steady progress and stay motivated. The first phase of the project starts in May.
If there’s something you’ve been working on for a long time that’s not quite ready for prime time, I encourage you to keep at it. Remember that success is not just about what we do in a day, but about the consistent effort we put in over time. With the right mindset, tools, and support, anything is possible.