Marathon Runner Yamada Honiji shared that before every race, he’d go on a car and check out the running trail in detail. Then he takes note of eye-catching landmarks.
The first one may be a bank, second one a tree, third one a red house… until he finally reaches the finishing line.
Once the race starts, he runs towards the first landmark, and then the second. A journey of 42km is now split into several smaller goals, and Yamada easily finished all.
At first, he did not understand this principle, and set his goals only on the final finishing line. This way, he got tired after a mere 10km, and finishing the journey seemed like a daunting task. But once he split them into smaller goals, he easily finished the course. This was what he meant by wisdom.
This is a strategy I strongly believe in. It is not just for marathons; isn’t life very much like this as well?
On your way to a great goal, set smaller targets that you can achieve. Success, after all, is not achieved overnight.
山田本一透露自己在每一次比赛前,都会坐车把比赛的路线仔仔细细看一遍,而且把沿途比较醒目的标志画下来。
譬如说第一个标志是银行,第二个标志是一棵大树,第三个标志是一座红房子……等等,就这样一直画到赛程的终点。
比赛开始之后,他就奋力地往第一个标志跑,之后往第二个标志跑。总之,四十多公里的赛程就被它分解为几个小目标,轻轻松松跑完。
其实一开始的时候,他并不懂得这个道理,就把目标订在四十多公里以外的终点线上。结果跑了十公里就累了,也被前面遥远的路给吓到,可是分成小目标之后,就轻而易举地跑到了,这就是他所谓的智慧。
山田本一成功的秘诀也是我本身十分推崇的方式,因为不只跑马拉松是这样,如何把人生走得踏实,走的成功不也是如此的道理吗?
在大目标的方向上,懂得订定小目标,一步步达成,妄想一步登天就是成功的秘诀。