If you have a yard, Chances are you have dealt with Creeping Charlie.
It is an invasive plant that was originally brought to this country to serve as a ground cover – which it does beautifully. It does it so well that it will choke out anything in its path, including your grass.
There is only a certain kind of weed killer that works on creeping charlie, and it needs to be applied after the first frost. I always forget…
So I’ve taken up the Creeping Charlie Therapy.
You have to run your fingers along under the plants an find the vine. Then you run your fingers under the vine releasing as much of it as possible before you break it. You often have to untwist it from the grass it is choking. It is mindless and therapeutic. Even addicting.
OK, maybe not at first…
You probably have large patches of this stuff. Looking at this job can be pretty overwhelming. Your rational mind says, “There’s no way I’ll ever be able to do this.”
So what do you do?
Pick a place and start.
Make it a goal to do one square foot a night. That doesn’t seem like much, does it? But after a couple of weeks you’ll have 10 – 14 square feet cleared.
And that feels pretty good.
So what does this have to do with big audacious goals?
OK, say you want to lose 100 pounds. When you first look at that goal, it seems impossible.
Now make a goal to lose 2 pounds a week. People always discount this because it seems so insignificant. But 2 pounds a week is over 100 pounds in a year.
Eat healthier. Maybe replace one bad thing with a salad a day. Maybe replace one can of pop a day with water. Maybe take a 20 minute walk everyday.
Say you want to finally tackle getting your house cleaned. Clean the stove. Tomorrow – clean the microwave. Organize something … and so on…
Say you want to write a book. Make the outline. Make it a goal to write a rough draft of a chapter a night, or even a week That book will be done in no time.
You can apply this strategy to any goal –
- Make a decision
- Take consistent action – no matter how small
Those little actions add up faster than you think.