Sara Lewis, author of The Rise, once observed the Columbia University women’s archery team for several hours. Through her time with the archery team, she was able to draw some comparisons between success and mastery.
”Success is the ability to hit that ten ring once but mastery is the ability to know that means nothing if you can’t hit it again and again. And this is what distinguishes someone being successful in their career…and really being a master. But what it takes is an appreciation for your near-wins.” via Business Insider
There’s no doubt that when the members of that archery team first picked up a bow that they struggled to come close to the target, let alone get a bullseye. The same applies to you when you try something for the first time, like putting together a “doable” to-do list for your week or working to improve your focus for extended periods of time.
But then you get closer to the target (whatever that may be). The list gets easier to do, and you can focus a little longer every time you try. Every time you do this, you get better bit by bit.
If you want to move forward then you need to appreciate your near-wins. Near-wins are important. They mean you’re getting closer to mastery.
One more thing: if you want to keep tabs on your near-wins, then the best way to do that is through journaling. I’ve put together a free journaling challenge to help you celebrate your small and near-wins. You’ll get a daily email over a ten day period that will help you notice your near-wins and build a journaling habit in the process. It’s a challenge that is full of wins! Ready to get started? CLICK HERE and you’ll be on your way.