I want you to be chunky like Chelsey, so you too can accomplish great feats. Chelsey completed a marathon – and she did it by being chunky. You can accomplish any big goal by being chunky too.
How to Be Chunky: The Nutshell Version
- Set a big goal
- Commit publicly
- Visualize yourself reaching your goal
- Make it about someone or something other than yourself
- Surround yourself with positive people who have the same or similar goal and who will hold you accountable
- Chunk down the big task into a series of small tasks
- Know setbacks are normal and keep going
- Don’t stop until you finish
Set a Big Goal
You are the queen or king of your own life – you get to pick your own big chunkable project – Do you want to write a book, get on the local television station, bring your website into best practices, build strong referral relationships with 10 financial advisors, lose 10 pounds, or run a marathon?
Tell someone – preferably everyone – about your goal. Everyone will want to help you. And, it’s likely some folks have the power to help you. You might not know who can help until you share. In addition, folks will ask you about your goal when they see you, helping to hold you accountable.
Visualize Your Success
Picture yourself achieving your goal every day for a few seconds. See yourself holding your book or crossing the finish line (of whatever goal you set). See and feel all the details.
Have a Purpose
Chelsey committed to raising money to help orphaned children with Downs Syndrome. When she felt the emotional and physical strain of training for a marathon, she thought about helping those kids. It helped her overcome significant challenges include physical injury, an out-of-state move, a new job, and the normal challenges of being a wife and mother of two.
Pick a purpose. (Bonus Tip: It usually takes something other than making money.) Will your project mean: less children get accidentally disinherited, more family businesses stay in the family, or you’ll be healthier and, therefore, around longer for your children and grandchildren?
Only Positive People
Eliminate naysayers. If someone tells you that you can’t achieve your goal or that a certain project won’t work for lawyers, tell them to go fly a kite (Bonus Tip: Stronger words recommended).
When you surround yourself with others who are thinking BIG and acting BIG, you automatically will as well. And, if someone is traveling along the same path, then team up – or hire a coach. There’s nothing better than a buddy to encourage you on those challenging days.
Chunk it Down
Chelsey is now forever a marathoner, but she wasn’t a week ago. She got there by running a bit at a time and gradually building up endurance. As marathon time approached, she switched the huge task into 3 manageable tasks. She knew she could run 8.73 miles; so, in her mind, she broke the 26.2 into 3 x 8.73 and took it one chunk at a time.
Break down your big goal into small steps with small goals. (Bonus Tip: Celebrate those small achievements all along the way.) If you only have 30 minutes a day to work toward your goal, that’s perfect. Little, continuous steps are more effective than occasional huge steps.
Setbacks are Normal
Setbacks are a normal part of life, projects, and success. A setback is not a sign you should give up. Chelsey suffered a broken toe, shin injuries, frustration, limited time, stress, and loneliness while working toward that marathon day.
When a problem arises, it’s a challenge – a normal bump in the road. You’ll eventually get there and baby steps are just fine. (Bonus Tip: No one has it easier than you do. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and if you think someone has it easier than you do, you don’t know them well enough.)
Keep going until you reach your goal. Continuous forward motion is the key to success. Those who succeed are those who don’t give up.
Chelsey will now forever be a marathoner. And, I know you can do “it” too; after all, you finished law school and that was a marathon in and of itself. Right?
So, what’s your story? What will you forever be? Please share with me.
P.S. If you’re nodding yes, if you’re ready to go from pain to gain, if you have the vision of building a million-dollar+ law firm but don’t know how to get there, let’s chat about where you are and where you want to go. Set up your Breakthrough Strategy Session here.