And many strokes, though with a little axe,
Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.
Reflect on one of your most important life goals. Think of achieving this goal like your big day. Imagine yourself on stage in a Tony Award–winning performance, or in the finals at a dance competition, or running with a football tucked under your arm at the Super Bowl. Now visualize all the training you will have to do in the theater, in the dance studio, or at the gym to reach your goal.
The glory comes from focusing not on the glory, but on the training.
Whether your goal is to become a psychologist, or to write a novel, or to start a new organization to make a social impact, describe the training in as much detail as you possibly can.
When will you train? How? How often? With what partner? With which mentor? With what intensity? Which milestones or interim goals will reflect your progress?
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).