The best thing about having a 1000 day plan is that you don’t even know you are on one. 1000 days is a little under three years, and according to Bill Gates, it takes around about that time to take a skill and perfect it. You see something you like, try it, obsess, learn, absorb and then master. And then you look back on the previous 999 days, and realise that you were on the path to success and you didn’t even know it. That is the beauty of passion – it grows on you.
Someone important at one point in time said that the journey of a thousand steps starts with the first. But we make plenty of first steps in different directions, tentatively peering out on the balls of our feet to see if it possible for us to look into the future. To see whether it is worth taking that second step. But the truth is, life doesn’t work like that – there is an element of risk in everything you do. Spending time, the only real thing that you have to spend, doing something is less time spent on doing something else. So every decision is a bargain.
It means that plenty of time is wasted. It also means that many of the plans that you make never get to the golden 1000 mark – this can leave us to abandon taking any steps at all, or even trying to go back to where we have come from, to get to a place of comfort. But where is the fun in that? Where is the excitement in backing away from opportunities? There is an element of risk, but that is what gets the blood coursing faster through our veins, widens our eyes and pushes us to take the next step.
It was only on the 900th day that I realised, looking back at the steps that I have taken, that it was all worth it. Even then, taking step 901 was immensely difficult because it meant committing to the journey that I had nearly completed and starting a new one. Since then, I have stopped walking and started running to the peak, and the closer I get, the more enthralled I feel. I am sure that most of you will have no idea what I am talking about, but you will have your own journeys in mind, and your own plans to fulfil.
And we are nearly there. I can finally come down off of my tip-toes and take a lungful of air, seeing at the end is in sight. And with less that 30 days to go now, you will all be able to see the fruits of this journey very, very soon. Try, obsess, learn, absorb, master. Four out of five completed.