“Don’t expect every single step to be clear before you leap – it won’t be. You will make the journey one step at a time. “
I recently came across this sentence and it resonated with me, because it’s something we do, in many areas of our lives — we tend to jump into something, before it’s really clear where we’re going, or what the steps are for us to take.
Yes, there are times when a few steps are clear, but a lot of the time, there’s just an idea – a vague picture of what we want to achieve, and then maybe, 1-3 steps we can clearly see, in a goal that may contain 3,000 steps.
Set a Goal; then focus on 1 thing
Set a goal, and then focus on just 1 thing you can do towards it. For example, if you wanted to learn how to play the piano, then other than going out and buying a piano itself, the first thing you can do is search for online courses – watch videos online, read a few articles, then start and learn the basics.
If you break a goal down into small, bite-size steps – just the first step, then the second step — but don’t think through the steps too much. Just do a little something – one thing, and then don’t over think things too much.
Don’t worry about where this one, tiny step will take you, don’t question yourself too much — and most importantly, don’t allow your negative thoughts to come in and tell you all the reasons why it’s impossible, or all the things that you can’t do. You can do one small thing towards your goal today, so do it — it can be tiny, but the size of it is not the relevant part, but the fact that you did something.
Once a Day
It’s always surprising how one thing, once a day, can suddenly create this huge thing — whether it’s the achievement of a goal, acquiring a skill, creating a work of art…. etc etc.
Just do one thing today towards a goal you’ve set yourself, and then do another thing tomorrow — don’t think about it too much — don’t worry about all the other steps. Just focus on today, and what you can do right now.