If you want results stop chipping and start chopping.
Not all actions are equal. Which means the return on your invested time and energy is not equal. Occasional effort put into an activity, practice, or exercise is not the same as fully-dedicated effort with a plan, a schedule, and a timer. #TimeToMakeTheDonuts
Chipping is the occasional effort you put towards a task. Sometimes you go for a run, eat a salad, read, or play an instrument. Chipping is going to church at Christmas and Easter, which makes you a Chreaster. Chipping is shooting hoops in the driveway, sometimes, in your flip flops.
Chipping means you partake occasionally, when you feel like it. You write, sometimes. You study, now and then. You work late once a month.
Chipping lets you say you tried. But it doesn’t move the needle. It doesn’t build momentum. And it won’t help your New Year’s resolution survive until February.
Chopping is focusing on your goals, making a plan, writing it down, creating a schedule. Chopping means declaring a goal. Or declaring war. Chopping means setting a timer to your activity. Chopping is creating a habit. Chopping is swinging away and working up a sweat like clockwork. Over and over again. Like Nelly and Tim McGraw.
Chipping allows you to say you tried. Chopping brings down the tree.
Originally published at http://adamalbrecht.blog on October 19, 2020.