Posted by darin on December 26, 1998 at 20:28:29:
Your story reminds me of a story someone told me a while ago.
There was a professor teaching a class and at the begining of class one morning, there was this large glass vase and the professor filled it with a bunch of big rocks then ask the class if it was full. The students replied that it was. So then the professor poured a bunch of pebbels into the vase, shook it around and then ask the students if the vase was now full. Students replied that they felt it was full. The professor wen on to fill the vase with sand, shook it around and ask the class again if they felt it was full. Class again replied “yes the vase is full now”. So the professor began to fill the vase with water and replied now it is full.
The story the professor was telling these students is that in goal setting, you need to first put in place your very biggest goals, even ones they may even seem to be a fantisy to achieve. He called these the “BIG ROCKS”.
The next step is to put into place big goals that you will be able to achieve by streching your self, really pushing your self, example new house, second home, sports car, trip Europe,etc… Calling these " 100’s "
Then move onto goals that you can achieve in a shorter time like getting a new car, 2 week vacation, addition on your home, Flying to chicago for dinner, etc…He refered to these as " 25 and 50’s "
And the most imprortant goals of all he explained is to achieve a small goal every day refering to them as " 10’s ". A ten being something non material but just giving someone or your self joy every day and several times per day. saying something to someone to pick them up when they are down, having a glass of wine and relaxing at the end of the day, giving someone flowers for no reason, just setting back and enjoying that moment in time.
To sum up this somewhat cheesy long boring post is that to achieve your big rocks, you must enjoy 100’s, 50’s and 25’s along the way. And most of all giving your self and others as many 10’s as possible throughout the day. Learn what your and everyone around you 10’s are.