How can the solution to two radically different goals be the same? Let me explain by way of two distinct stories.
Yesterday I saw a man and woman in our local development walking on the sidewalk. I see this duo almost daily. What makes it unique is the way in which they walk. He stays patiently by her side as she takes extremely slow, calculated, and exaggerated steps. Clearly she is recovering from an injury and based on what I can observe, likely at least a portion of it relates to a brain injury. The focus, patience, and determination she exhibits is what propels her forward and farther each time.
As someone who has rehabilitated more than a few injuries (including a dual Achilles tendon tear), I can honestly say there is nothing like pain and limitation to get you focused on the little things. I can remember shuffling along at an agonizing pace (after all BOTH feet were injured) while dreaming of the day I went hiking and biking again. It took weeks, months, and frankly a good year before I could do as I please. Progress gets measured by seconds, inches, and steps not leaps and bounds. Yet the underlying law for growth is clear, focused action tied to a greater goal.
What if you want more than incremental forward progress? The law is the same – clear, focused action. Let’s look at the moving forward by leaps and bounds crossing chasms as you go story. [Read more…]