Baby Steps to Winning the Day

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By Eric Papp

1 minute

Keep procrastination and perfectionism at bay by doing the next right thing in this moment.

“Win the day” is a great motto and makes sense, right? 

Why is it so hard to do?

Why is it that our mind keeps drifting toward the goal, causing procrastination to set in?

Why do we not do the daily activities that will get us to our desired result? Talking a lot about our goal tricks us into feeling like we already accomplished something. And then, procrastination or perfectionism starts to set in.

The solution? Focus on winning the day. 

  • Instead of thinking of your 25-pound weight loss goal, think of the next exercise you will do today or tomorrow.
  • Instead of thinking about your end-of-the-year sales bonus, think about the next client you need to call on.
  • Instead of worrying about how your children will turn out, think about the next time you can spend carefree time with them.

What is the next step you want to do?

When you focus on winning the day, some of the self-inflicted weight comes off your shoulders.

When you start to apply “next-step thinking,” it keeps you focused on winning the day.

Next step?

Next step?

Next step?

Next-step thinking keeps your confidence high, gives you clarity and cultivates winning habits.

Effectiveness expert Eric Papp founded Agape Leadership LLC and is the author of Leadership By Choice, 3 Values of Being An Effective Person and, most recently, Sales Planner: A Daily Process of Identifying and Accomplishing Your 80/20 Sales Activities.

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