people want instant results. thats part of human nature and that has been exploited by marketers to the max.
but to the patient goes the spoils. if you have to, go out your door and walk to the street and back, or however far you can. then add to that distance each day, no matter how little. you can make it so you dont even notice the additional feet. as long as you add to it every day, you will not notice the increase. soon, you will be able to walk at a fast pace all day long.
Setting audacious goals can be intimidating; it can feel like we’re setting ourselves up for failure when we decide to compete in an Ironman, write a Novel, learn to speed read, or save $1 million. Truth be told, some worthwhile goals can be rife with difficulties. There are, however, two helpful keys for overcoming many of these difficulties: time and goal velocity.
boy with calfMost goals seem believable if we give ourselves enough time to complete them. You may be setting yourself of for a lot of unneeded stress, anxiety, and perhaps failure if you decide to complete a novel in the next 3 months. But as your target time for completion increases, so does the believability of your goal. Milo gave himself years to develop the strength necessary to carry a bull, and so it should be with your goals.
Goal velocity is the rate at which you progress towards your goal. If want to write a 300 page novel in two years, your goal velocity would be .5 pages/day. If, in a year, you want to run a 5-minute mile and you presently run the mile in 12 minutes, then you’ll need to run a mile three times per week and increase your speed by 3 seconds per mile. If you want to save $1 million, you’ll need to save $200/month for 17 years at %10 interest. You get the picture.