Incrementally. One bite at a time…or so I hear.
I’m not even sure that’s a word based on the red squiggly line I’m getting from Microsoft Word, but the concept is definitely true.
Incrementalization is all about small steps done consistently over time to lead to an ultimate outcome.
To give credit where it’s due, my good friend Aaron coined the term. He’s training for an ultra marathon right now, one of those crazy 50-mile races that no one does unless they’re insane. He was talking about training and said it’s all about breaking it down. If you think of it as a 50-mile run you’ll get overwhelmed. But if you think about it as 10 five-mile runs it becomes doable.
All great things come incrementally. Ultra-marathons. Investing. Dieting. Education. Exercise. Spirituality.
And…wait for it…
Career. Or more specifically, loving what you do and getting paid to do it.
The goal in career resetting is incrementalization – taking small steps that get you closer to your best-fit career. The challenge comes when you try to take the leap from a job you hate straight to a job you love.
That’s tough, and can be discouraging.
When I decided I didn’t like what I was doing, I took a step. And another. And another. And with each step, I analyzed what I liked and didn’t like and used that self-reflection to guide the next step.
This past week I met with someone who belongs in the State Department, another person who’d make a great counselor, a future politician, and an entrepreneur in the making. None of these people are actually in these careers, or really anything close to them. But that’s ok, because the goal isn’t to get there now; the goal is simply to make sure their next step gets them closer.
Where they end up may not be in these areas at all, but heading toward them means they have a stronger likelihood of landing in something congruent with who they are.
If you’re feeling stuck, try reducing the size of the bite you’re trying to take. You can’t eat an elephant all at once. You also can’t land a dream job in one leap.
Try one bite at a time.
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