‘True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.’ St. Francis of Assisi
Creating legacy slowly
Creating legacy happens slowly, in fact there is a ten-year rule for creating legacy. But don’t be discouraged. As long as you are working on your legacy projects every day, you are making progress, and eventually you will reach your goal.
What you do every day matters more, in the long run, than what you do once in a while. So just keep working on creating legacy every day. Focus all your energy on that, and eventually you will build up momentum. Don’t force the momentum; it will come all on its own, once you’ve taken enough tiny steps in the right direction.
What to do when you get impatient
We all get impatient once in a while. It feels like you’re slogging away every day, for months, and you can see some progress but not nearly as much as you’d like to see. I know the feeling.
Here’s what to do when that happens:
1. Re-read your original plan. Are you still on track? If so, put that plan somewhere you can see it often, it will remind you that you made a long-term commitment and that you are doing fine. Or you might discover you’re ahead of your plan in which case – yippeeee! – time to celebrate. Most likely, you will find that you were too unrealistic when you made that plan; now you have a better understanding of how long things take. That’s great – so just adjust your original plan to the new situation, and pin that on your wall. Your plan is there to remind you of the big picture; it will make the waiting and daily slog a lot more bearable.
2. Set lots of milestones, and celebrate them. Setting milestones will give you something to look forward to in the near future, rather than years away. Be really good to yourself when reaching each milestone, make reaching it a really pleasurable experience. You’ll soon want to reach the next one and the one after that, because your whole body and mind will come to expect something nice each time.
3. Set up regular legacy audits. For example, you could do a legacy audit every month, to see how far you’ve come. My experience is that we often overestimate how much we can do in one day, but we underestimate how much we get done in one month, or one year. It’s one of these weird aspects of creating legacy; you’ll get used to it. Looking over al the progress you’ve made over one month will keep you motivated, because you will realise how fast you are actually moving forward, regardless of how slow it feels day by day.
What do you do when you get impatient with how slowly things are moving forward? I’d love to hear your ideas!
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