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August 29, 2019

The power of accumulation will take you thousands of miles

Have trouble starting down the path to your bigger life goals? Solo ocean rower Roz Savage has this advice to give in her memoir Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean:

I try to remind myself of [the] power of accumulation whenever I am faced with a daunting new challenge. I focus on the first small step I need to take in order to move one fraction of an an inch closer to my goal. It might be making a phone call — or even just finding out the number…. It might be making a list of actions — or buying he notebook in which to write the list. It might be reviewing the draft of chapter 1 — or at least opening the document file. Starting is always the hardest part…. But I know that once I get started, momentum will gradually build.

Roz firmly believes that anyone can reach her or his goals by making small steps in the right direction each and every day. Set your sights on your objective, and even the tiniest movement towards that objective will bring you closer to achieving it. All those fractions of an inch eventually accumulate to make thousands of miles, as Roz well learned paddling stroke by tiny stroke 2937 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.