Posted by: David D. Daggett | March 13, 2012

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

       Do you ever feel like your goals are way out of reach? Do you have a hard time knowing where to get started? It makes it easier when we use incremental goals as “stepping stones.”

Sheila Taormina - 4 Time Olympian and Goal Medalist

        This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending a presentation by four time Olympian Sheila Taormina. She is a gold medalist and the first one woman to compete in three different Olympic sports – swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. We got to hold and even wear her gold medal!

        Sheila talked with the group, largely youth, largely about goals and perseverance. She shared stories including her quest to qualify for her first Olympics which didn’t happen until the relatively advanced, for swimming, age of 27.

        Perhaps the greatest takeaway for my son and me was to break goals down into incremental goals, or stepping stones, on the road to future successes. Each incremental goal is broken down to a number of fundamental objectives needed to reach the goal. Each strategic objective is a building block necessary to obtain the goal.

       When goals are broken down into fundamental pieces that are pursued with clarity of purpose so they become stepping stones for bigger and bigger successes. These bigger successes then become bigger steps moving us closer to fulfilling our dreams.

        We need to patiently tackle one goal at a time. This includes developing a mindset that keeps us working toward our goals without giving up. Pursuing our goals, and thereby our dreams, takes a methodical and intentional diligence every day.

        We then become just a little bit better every day. At the end of each day we can look back and ask ourselves “what have I done today to move closer to my goals?” We can then look forward with optimism as the next goal is just a stepping stone away.

Stepping on stones,



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