Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together,
yield themselves up when taken little by little.
What has been looming large on your conscience that you know could be life changing if you could just get to it? Even if all you can do right now is something small—it doesn’t matter. Do it anyway.This week, start taking batting practice.
Consider something you’ve desired for a long time—whether it’s to act in a play, or to reconnect with your father, or to move an initiative in a new direction—and make a vow to take a small step in the next week to generate forward motion toward your goal.
“OK, but how do I get started?” you may be thinking. I am often asked this question by people in sales or fundraising. They share their dilemmas by saying, “Sometimes I just don’t feel like being ‘on,’” or “It’s hard to get myself motivated to talk someone into a deal when I’m tired and didn’t sleep well the night before.”
I advise them to start their day by calling or meeting with a few less-important clients and then work up from there.
“Look at your first few calls or meetings as ‘batting practice,’” I suggest. “Trust your instincts. You’ll know when you’re in your groove and it’s time to pitch to more important clients.”
Similarly, it’s better to leave home and go to a few job interviews than to stay home and wait for your dream job to appear.
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 every other 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).