Do you really know what it means when one says, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” This is not to be taken in the literal sense; no one is asking you to move a mountain.
What it simply means is, however big, gigantic and daunting a task may seem to be; one should never feel discouraged or intimidated by the sheer volume of the task. Just make a small start and keep at it. You may not believe this, but read on and you shall be convinced how wise and powerful this saying is!
It may sound incredible, but for that matter, even moving a mountain is not impossible. All it needs is just one man, who refuses to give up, whose perseverance makes him continue his effort of carrying away small stones.
Those who have seen the Bollywood movie “Manjhi” will instantly recall the story. Dasrath Manjhi, on whose life the movie is based, and who later came to be known as the Mountain Man, sets out on a single-handed quest to carve a road through a hill, using just his hammer and chisel.
He achieved this feat with grim determination and perseverance, after his wife dies while trying to cross the hill. What the story conveys is, one can even, move mountain if one keeps pursuing the task of carrying away small stones with uninterrupted indomitable perseverance.
How to Make Perseverance Work for You
Not everyone needs to move a real mountain, but everyone has their own mountains of ambition, aim and purpose in life. Whether it is in academics, sports or business and entrepreneurship, we all create our own mountains of vision, dreams and hopes. Yet, in most cases people fail to achieve their goals. They get crushed under their mountains. They surrender or quit, and abandon their dreams midway.
- Carrying away Small Stones: Start thinking in terms of a big mountain made up of small stones.
- Split or Break Apart the Big Task: Break it into smaller sub-tasks, which may be accomplished in short or longer terms. Break these further into smaller, individual assignments.
- Assign Yourself SMART Goals: Split the sub-tasks into smaller units of assignments which must be SMART i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
- Monitor Your Progress: Keep checking your performance at regular intervals and take corrective measures in case of any deviations.
- Maintain Self-Discipline: Maintain your scheduled committed time and effort.
- Never Give Up: Learn to be self-motivated and pursue your goals, even if results are delayed.
A Single Step at a Time Takes You Closer to Your Destination
These may not be enough in themselves but they serve as a starting point. Once you have accepted and acknowledged what you want in life, in a way you have committed yourself.
There is an old saying that says, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. That is how every milestone in life is achieved.
Those who are cricket fans, they will remember how during the toughest situation a Sachin Tendulkar or M.S. Dhoni comes in and run-by-run they go on to create a match winning score. Their perseverance keeps the scoreboard ticking and takes them steadily towards their goal.
So, whenever you see your mountain of obstacles, do not feel apprehensive and doubtful of how you will reach your goal. Remember, you can achieve your goal one stone at a time.
This is what you have to realize that at any time you are good and strong enough to carry one stone at a time. But what we do without being conscious of it is, we shoulder the burden of the mountain.
No wonder, we get fatigued, injured, tired, de-motivated and ready to quit. The missing link is, the perseverance to stick on.
Once we realize the wisdom in the saying, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”, we will realize that it is not the mountain that we have to move, but the stones.
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