Just wanted to share a little story about the power of how doing a little each day can contribute powerfully to achieving your goals. A young man named Ian Fletcher from Merewether who is in my Surf Patrol set himself a goal to surf EVERY day, no matter what the weather or wave conditions for 100 consecutive days to raise money for a charity. Ian did a great job with his goal he not only achieved it, he absolutely smashed it and his tally now stands and 134 days (as of last Saturday) and counting. He also raised over $4000 for charity. I spoke to him during my patrol on the weekend and this kid is going to go a long way.
In taking a closer look at his goal;
· He was very clear about his goal. It followed the SMART goal setting principle – ‘surf at least one wave, for 100 days straight’ – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeframed.
· He broke it down into a manageable goal – he had to catch and ride at least one clean wave each session.
· He told his goal to people who would hold him to account – by posting it on youtube and other websites he had a massive amount of people who were watching him and willing him on to achieve his goal
· He achieved his goal by persistence, perseverance, and by keeping the end goal in mind.
I was thinking about Ian’s goal and how he has gone about it. By getting yourself in the habit of doing something every day, you create momentum. It might sound like his goal was something fun and easily achievable, but in reality Ian’s goal was no mean feat… keep in mind that he did this in the middle of winter, and winter is when the BIG waves come! Freezing cold mornings, big waves (scary big), some days the conditions were positively miserable. But, he kept on going and every day, no matter what, he would get out there and get at least one wave… even if he was in and out in just a few minutes, he would do it. He had some big psychological hurdles to overcome some days, but he did it. Some days I am sure that it would have taken all of his will power to get out of bed to do it… but he did. He achieved his goal and like I say, he hasn’t stopped there. He is shooting for 200.
Sometimes we give ourselves excuses for not doing things that would not require even a fraction of the effort it would have taken this kid achieve his goal. If we really want something, we will do it. If a 16 year old can do something like this, then we surely can achieve the things we want to do.
Cheers! Have a great day!