When you’re on a journey as epic as creating your own Streak — and it is epic, no matter how “mundane” your goal may seem — it can be easy to psyche yourself out with the sheer scale of what you’re doing. 56 days is a lot to commit to, and it’s also a long time to wait to see if you “make it” to the end.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed.
It’s easy to lose focus.
It’s easy to feel like you’re a failure if you reach that end and haven’t quite made it to your stated goal. (You only lost 12 pounds, say, instead of 15.)
But the thing about a process like the 56 Days of Giving It All is that ultimately, the goal itself doesn’t matter nearly as much as the journey — the process of taking action, each day, to better yourself and your life. The decision to do something just for you, and the strength and dedication you find deep within yourself to make it happen.
Regardless of where you come out in the end, just the fact that you’ve embarked on this journey has already had a profound impact on your life. And that’s something worth reminding yourself of, especially if you start to lose motivation or beat yourself up for not having made “enough” progress to date.
Remember: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
No big goal is accomplished instantaneously. You don’t lose a significant amount of weight overnight. You don’t learn a foreign language after one class. You get a little bit closer to your goal each day, and sometimes the progress seems miniscule, but when you look back over the course of your quest, you see how far you’ve truly come.
Undertaking a big goal is like training for a marathon. You’re not likely to go from being a couch potato to running the Boston Marathon in a week. You need to train gradually, pushing yourself a little bit further each day and growing your strength and your stamina. And these small steps are every bit as important as that grand end goal of running that marathon — in fact, they’re even more important. Because reaching your goal is one moment in time, while all those little steps that got you there are where you forged a new identity and new habits.
Think of the training montage in Rocky. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, chances are you’ve seen that iconic scene where Rocky ascends the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and pumps his fists triumphantly in the air. Whether Rocky goes on to win his big fight or not is almost secondary to this scene, the culmination of all of his hard work where he realizes he’s turned himself into the contending athlete he always knew he could be.
The very act of crossing off each day is a “win” in and of itself. Focus on the now. Celebrate each small win. Realize how you’re changing as a person and how your life is changing on the whole as you take this journey. Appreciate the scenery instead of just staring down your destination.
In the end, it’s the journey that really makes all the difference.