“Action leads to insight more often than insight leads to action.”
– Dan and Chip Heath, The Power of Moments
In The Power of Moments, the Heath brothers have some great ideas about breaking big goals into small parts – and rewarding yourself along the way. They compare this to video games where you feel accomplished each time to go up a level.
Let’s say you’ve always wanted to learn to play that guitar you’ve had hanging around for years. In a standard scenario, you know to break big goals into small parts so you make a plan to:
- Tune up the guitar.
- Find a great book on how to play.
- Find some online class options.
- Commit to practicing for a half-hour, 3x a week.
- Block out time this week and get to work.
This plan works great for the first week or two, but then it gets a little boring and you start to skip practice time. And before you know it, the guitar is banished to its case, collecting dust at the back of the closet. Continue reading