I feel this perspective applies to most tasks in life. I can think about being a great runner, going to the world championships, the races I will run this fall and this summer, and the workout I need to do in the next few days and weeks, but I need to run today and get the most out of my workout, whatever that may be. Similarly, after articulating this thought, I think this is part of why I get so much done in most things that I do. Take one task, and finish it. We talked about this at Everest base camp this spring, the focus to do the next step is common among Everest attempters but within the world at large there does not always exist that drive, patience, and focus to do the next step. I am still working out what I think about that, but I think it's a big deal. In other words, how do we teach that direction to work on the next step?
|Focus on the Next Step, the Next 10 Steps, and the Big Picture|
A relatiely small portion of time is spent thinking about the big picture. That's the fun part to think about. That's the part people think about the most when I am talking about climbing. Yet when actually climbing, precious little time is spent worrying about the summit, the overall logistics, or the sacrifices and opportunity costs to get there. It's still an important part, but on a percent of time thought about the big picture during climbing basis, it only marginally factors into the climbing.