If, at the beginning of the year, you were giving a contract to sign that required you to do the following things in the next year, would you sign it?
- Spend 76 days doing nothing but watch TV.
- Eat 2,000 pounds of cheese.
- Consume 130 pounds of sugar.
- Spend 3 complete days on Facebook.
You wouldn’t sign it and you’d probably never talk to that person again. But those things are what the average person does over the course of a year (see here, here, and here for more). You wouldn’t sign up to do it, but the average person does.
While trying to organize the massive amount of iPhone pictures I have stored in various places on my computer, I noticed I have a significant amount of cupcake photos. Back at the beginning of 2012, I never would have agreed to eating that many, much less taking photographic evidence, but I did.
Big projects and ambitious works scare off a lot of people because, brace for the obvious, they’re a lot of work. Most people stop there, thinking it’s too much work for them to do. When you break a lot of those big projects down, you often end up with small manageable tasks that aren’t difficult to accomplish on a daily basis. It then becomes a matter of switching out the bad habits for good habits. And drip by drip by drip, you create an ocean.