Small Business Diva

February 11, 2008

Finding Time to Achieve Those Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

Filed under: Small Business,Time Management,Words of Wisdom & Inspiration — smallbusinessdiva @ 11:11 am
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Reading Jenni’s blog at Papercraft Designs I came across this great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson – US essayist & poet (1803 – 1882):

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.”

I really love that quote. It is perfectly in line with one of my theories in life, that if you want to be the best at something – or at least up there with the best – you should practise it or learn about it daily.

One of my mentors many years ago told me that if I wanted to be good at something I should learn or practise it for at least 15 minutes every day. Even just 15 minutes a day, over time, will greatly build your knowledge or abilities.

In my last post I mentioned that “small deeds done are better than big deeds planned.” Sometimes we think of big deeds, or goals, but just can’t find the time to take action – often because it’s going to take a lot of time. However, if you commit to focusing just 15 minutes each day on your ‘big hairy audacious goal’, you’ll be amazed at how soon that time, and those small achievements, will add up.

Now there’s no excuses!

Here’s to your business success…



  1. I had a client tell me her philosophy in accomplishing major goals…everyday she would make one extra phone call, send one extra email, take one extra moment for herself, and create one extra goal. Before she knew it, she had accomplished her major goal. Baby steps are a great way to move forward when obstacles and procrastination present themselves.

    Comment by Pink Heels — February 13, 2008 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  2. That’s a great method too – congratulations to your client. Most of my major achievements have been reached by baby steps.

    By the way, I love your site!

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — February 13, 2008 @ 6:54 am | Reply

  3. Food for thought – I know I have been guilty of trying things and giving up before I was successful. This is usually most likely to occur in my personal life though! In business – I will continue to keep on keeping on regardless of the obstacles.

    Comment by Michelle — February 13, 2008 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

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