Consider the Floor when Reaching for Goals

Creative, ambitious, talented people often express difficulty with Streaking Law#1: Make it Laughably Simple. According to one ambitious person, “it seems that you are giving people medal for completing laughably simple acts and making them feel good for doing next to nothing.” To support his point, he said that in the near future he will need to pass a physical fitness test and if he didn’t do more than the laughably simple, he wouldn’t pass. True.

You won’t pass the test if you only do the laughably simple streaking activity. To pass a physical fitness test you need to set a goal. The question is, when you are reaching for a big hairy audacious goal, what is the floor on which you stand to reach for the goal?

We usually don’t consider the floor on which goals are built. We assume that the floor is present and firm when often it’s not.

Let’s consider it in context. Let’s say you want to be a writer. What do you do? Set a goal to write a book? Possibly, however, most people who set a goal to write a book fail. Why? Because they are trying to reach for a goal without first building a floor. To be a writer, start with a streak to write at least one sentence daily. How long can you keep the streak alive? After consistently writing at least one sentence daily for a hundred days or more, then you can consider setting a goal to write a book because you have the floor of consistency on which to stand to reach for the goal.

Streaks are powerful allies in accomplishing goals, but more importantly when you succeed or fail at a goal, you always land on the floor of a streak. When you pass the physical fitness test, what will you do the next day? Your streak. The day after the book is published, what will you do? Your streak.

To reach for the goal stand on a streak.

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