A list of prioritized next steps toward accomplishing goals is a wonderful tool. But nothing happens until we actually do something. That part of the life management process can be called “execution.”
To execute effectively, you must proceed in the way that works best for you. Otherwise, you either won’t be challenged or you’ll burn out.
The beginning piano student can’t practice complex classical pieces for ten hours a day like the professional concert pianist does. He or she will get discouraged and give up. So the student plays more simple pieces for half an hour at a time. Someone who wants to lose a few pounds is more likely to be successful by cutting out one bad habit a month than by vowing to live on lettuce and grapefruit starting tomorrow. Those short term goals eventually add up, and real progress results.
True gains are made, not in huge leaps, but in tiny steps. That’s how plans are successfully executed.
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.