How do you determine how long something is? How do you determine how fast something is? How do you determine how heavy something is? The short answer is you measure it with a tape, speedometer or scale. This same idea applies to accomplishments. The way you determine how successful something is or how much progress you made is to measure it. A month ago, I established geocaching goals and promised myself I’d measure my game performance. Well, it is report card time and I approach this assessment with the same hesitation I approach a scale on weigh-in day.
I can’t stop thinking about it. It absorbs my every thought. I dream about it. I talk about it incessantly. I want to do it every day. I plan my weekends around it too. You probably think I’m talking about a special celebration or occasion, but I’m not. I’m describing my addiction to geocaching. My family expressed concern about my geocaching hobby. They think I’m obsessed and will burn out if I don’t pace myself. Geocaching is so fun, I didn’t believe them. Then today, I received a notice about a new cache and despite weather, work and fatigue, I sprung into caching action.
Do you remember moving into a new home and counting all the firsts? First movie, first dinner, first holiday, first guest. The newness offers a chance to appreciate the first time for everything in that new place. The same can be said about new activities. When you’re new at something every milestone is a first. Geocaching is our newest family activity. Since my last geocache article, we cached three more times. Four caching adventures doesn’t make us experts, but we’re learning fast. In the few short weeks since we began, we amassed several firsts.
I have a theory about building confidence. I call it small victories. The idea is you attempt several small tasks and the success encourages you to attempt increasingly more difficult challenges. This methodical process of increasing risk and increasing reward amasses unshakable determination and it’s my approach to our new family hobby — geocaching. Start small, but think big!