One Brick at a Time

"You don't try to build a wall.  You don't set out to build a wall.  You don't say 'I'm going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that's ever been built.'  You don't start there.  You say 'I'm going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be layed.'  You do that every single day, and soon you have a wall." - Will Smith

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLN2k0b3g70
(quote ~3:23 into video, story of the wall ~3:05)

The whole video is a pretty inspirational collection of Will Smith interview clips.  The above quote is the one that I liked in particular.  It's a fitting quote for approaching the training process, working towards a goal, or (appropriately for January) approaching New Year's resolutions.  Anything worth accomplishing cannot be accomplished in one go.  There's always a step-by-step process to achieving anything significant.  You learn to walk one step at a time, play music note by note, learn a language word by word, paint stroke by stroke, and you build a brick wall one brick at a time.  Trying to lay 10 bricks at a time is a counterproductive task.  Even if it were possible, the end result would not be a sturdy wall.  By focusing on one step of the process at a time, you can make steady (and efficient) progress towards the endgoal, whether it's a brick wall or otherwise.