This really hit me while attending my normal CrossFit class. This particular day we were asked to do handstand push-ups (HSPU). There were 6 HSPUs each round along with a few other movements like sit-ups and jumping rope. It was a timed workout, and each participant was pushed to see how many rounds we could do in the time given. Knowing my personal best was 12 HSPU, I was not particularly excited. I kept thinking, I will hit my 12th one and my arms will give out, leaving me with completing only 2 measly little rounds. So I could take one of two roads, adjust my workout (scale it) so I could get more rounds completed OR I could focus on the power of one.
Right before our coach started the workout of the day, I looked him dead in the eye and said, my goal is to do 13 HSPUs. I knew that only meant 2 tiny rounds of my workout and most others would accomplish more than me. But I challenged myself to look at the big picture. Was being #1 my goal for the year? Nope. My goal is to keep pace with the strongest women in the gym. Keeping that goal in mind, it made me quickly identify If I pushed through my mental block and achieved 13 HSPUs, I was one day closer to achieving that objective. So I set my sights that day on pushing through my mental block.
Fast forward to the end of the workout, I not only hit my goal of just one more, but I ended up doing 16 of those bad little torture monsters. And you know what I did? I celebrated that win. No, it wasn’t my year-end goal of hitting more personal records than I did the year before, or medaling in a CrossFit competition or being able to keep pace with the strongest women in my gym. But I celebrated the small adjustment that enabled me to get closer to my big win.
So if you truly want your business to thrive, I strongly recommend you take a look at the difference between where you are and where you want to be by the end of the year. Keep whatever is working well, then spend a lot of time on the areas of your business where you are stuck. The areas where you may only be able to do 12 today. Give yourself a scorecard and push yourself each week to show incremental change and celebrate when you achieve those tiny wins. Each tiny adjustment will get you closer to being a critical component for the positive movement of change.
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