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Get to your dreams one inch at a time

Get to your dreams one inch at a timeImage Credit: Supplied

Some of us may be familiar with the Channel Tunnel which was excavated between France and the United Kingdom. It is a 50.5-kilometre rail linking Folkestone, Kent in UK to Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France.

One of the world's longest undersea tunnels, it was not built in a day. It took about six years of committed hard work by thousands of workers with the help of huge boring machines.

The engineering team started with a detailed plan, calculated risk and an unbounded perseverance to complete the project. They faced several engineering challenges but they continued with a positive energy. Today, millions of people are enjoying the benefits of their efforts and sacrifices to achieve such a big goal.

Our career objectives are achievable if we plan thoroughly, evaluate the risks carefully and always carry the philosophy of moving one inch closer towards our objectives each day. For instance, if you want to write a book, focus on writing one page per day; in a year, you will have a 365-page book. If you want to lose 30 pounds, you can start eating a healthy diet then move on to doing exercises. Starting small will provide you with the necessary momentum to achieve all your goals in life.

Most people simply give up on their dreams once they see the scale of the processes that they have to undergo and perform to achieve their objectives. They start slow but once they encounter challenges, they give up along the way.

Anything in life is possible if we stick to our objectives, with a focus on taking one step at a time. Be it doing one sales call a day, learning one new word or a new language, or simply learning a new task makes a big difference.

Just remember that you can always make wonders and relish your success after hard work.

Handy Hints:

• Do small sacrifices day by day to move your goal forward

• Identify a project and break it into small, manageable tasks

• Set a time limit to work on a project to be more productive

Find out how to change your mindset to improve and grow

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company