36 years ago, physicist Lorne Whitehead discovered that a single domino can knock down a second domino up to 50% larger than the first. According to Whitehead, if you started with a domino that’s 2 inches tall, by the 8th domino you will have knocked down a 3 ft domino. Keep going down the line in that order and the 31st domino will be approx. 3,000 ft taller than the peak of Mt. Everest.
“Purpose without priority is powerless.” – Keller, The One Thing
So, why are we telling you all this? The reason is that if you apply this concept to your personal / professional / social life, it creates a strategic path to reach your goals. It’s the path to the big-picture goals that make you wonder, “Where the hell do I even start?”
Setting your dominoes
Let’s say you have a goal to run the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon next year. Here’s the breakdown:
- 1-year goal | Finish the Indy Marathon
- 6-month goal | Endurance training 5 days/week
- 1-month goal | Find a running partner for added motivation
- 1-week goal | Purchase necessary equipment (running shoes, clothes, etc.)
- Today | Register for the race
By using the domino method, we’ve essentially drawn a map that details every stop toward the “destination” of a completing the marathon.
This strategy can make any goal seem within reach and not so intimidating. In theory, running 26.2 miles on a cold, November morning sounds impossible. But now that we’ve lined up the dominoes correctly, the only way to fail is by not following the path.
Whether your goal is to add a certain number of new properties to your portfolio next year, read a certain number of books this fall, or take a vacation to Europe, line up your dominoes and knock those bad boys over!
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