What’s up World Changer??
I got bad news for you…you’ve heard it wrong.
The phrase “Life is more like a marathon than a sprint” is wrong.
I get it, they are trying to say that having patience and delayed gratification are positive traits (which they are), but even a marathon has a goal and finish line.
The phrase should be “Life is more like a sprint than a marathon”, specifically a series of small sprints.
Small wins, compounded over time, equal massive results. You can’t build something great in a day. It takes time.
The magic formula is to do small activities consistently and over time you will achieve the results you want. Check my blog Life is more like the gym than a genie.
So therefore if we concentrate on the marathon, aka the goal off in the distance, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
As we accumulate small wins, this builds confidence and momentum and is a beautiful thing!
I’m a walking testimony of this. I used to set huge, massive goals and get frustrated that I wasn’t achieving them. I would eventually quit because the goal was so far away.
Since learning this, I’ve amended my approach s with the help of my coaches, mentors, and my own personal development.
People don’t fail because of a lack of desire. They fail because they don’t have a strategy, or a poor strategy, to accomplish their goal.
You must break down your goal into sequential steps, or short sprints.
The research is varied, but some studies say that our attention span is now only about 8 seconds, which is down from 12 seconds in 2000. In addition, the research says that we can only concentrate on one subject for approximately 20 minutes. Crazy!!
I like to people watch, and one thing I observe is people scrolling through their phones. One thing I’m fascinated by is how marketers only have milliseconds to grab your attention.
This ultimately determines whether or not their product will sell, so it’s kind of a big deal!
Our attention muscles are just like any muscle. The more it’s used, the better it gets.
So therefore if you want to change something in your life, understand this principle and use it to your advantage.
Set a big goal, but break it down into small parts to give yourself a clear roadmap to success.
For example, if I have a client who’s goal is to lose 20 pounds in 3 months I will break down that goal into steps and give them one thing to focus on each day.
- 12 weeks to complete their goal.
- Divide 20 pounds by 12 weeks, which is a weight loss goal of 1.67 pound per week.
- Divide 1.67 pounds by 7 days which gives you 0.24 pounds of weight to lose per day. Or 3.84 ounces per day.
This means that they only need to lose a piece of chicken breast the size of a deck of cards per day!!!
Now we will set up a plan to sprint to this goal each day.
See how simple this is!!
I didn’t say easy.
If this was easy, we would all be skinny, rich and happy…
But this is how you break down a goal in order to achieve it. Notice you must have a goal, but not focus on the outcome. You focus on the daily activities, because we only have today.
Life is more like a sprint than a marathon.
A series of small, achievable sprints.
When this happens, momentum builds and so does confidence.
Just having this plan doesn’t guarantee success. The hard work still has to be completed, but this will set you up for success.
I hope this encourages you and gives you a boost to accomplish your goal! The cool thing is that this works for EVERY aspect of life.
- Set a goal.
- Break it down.
- Focus on the daily action.
Fitness is a metaphor for life. Use this to your advantage and get those sprint shoes on!!
I believe in you.