Guaranteeing Improvement

A number of years ago the successful hockey coach Mike Keenan devised a way to steady the road to success and factor out periods of team failure.

He divided up the hockey schedule into ten-game increments.

This way players could go on a tear and overachieve or they could withstand a slump and not become so obsessed with it that they couldn’t turn it around.

Most of us don’t divide our goals into stages which is why a losing streak can really be a terminal setback.

The thing is to put goals into perspective – time periods that begin, restart or end, dividing work tasks up so that they might be addressed in doable pieces instead of all at once.

One step at a time is an idiom that takes on more meaning when we take them in separate flights not all at once to ascend to the top. 

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