BREAK IT DOWN
Once you're ready to take action toward a goal, it's tempting to try to accomplish everything all at once- which will have you right back at square one again. Instead, approach things with this in mind: Any big goal amounts to little more than a bunch of many smaller steps. "When you break it down into incremental actions, it's not so difficult," says Robin Koval, coauthor of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference. "You thought you could never write that big proposal, but if you just sit down and think, 'Okay, I can't do the whole thing today, but I can write the agenda,' bit by bit you get it done." Or, as Mark Twain put it: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."