“Anything is possible if you break it down into small enough steps”
~ Henry Ford
So many people fail to change because they are overwhelmed by what it will take to get from where they are to where they need to be. Trying to imagine making a change for the rest of our lives can be daunting; that is why AA says, “One day at a time.”
Think about how the automobile is made, using an assembly line. The workers don’t have to build the car all at once, rather it is broken down into smaller steps and viola a car is born.
Instead of eating the whole pie in one gulp, first we take a slice then we take bite size pieces. If we use that same approach to accomplishing our goals imagine how much simpler it would be. I always say, “Inch by inch a cinch, yard by yard is hard.”
The famous Japanese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.” Do you see where I am going here?
When I was taking back my life after my depression I had to take baby steps. I set tiny goals, such as: “today I will make one call toward going back to school.” Start where you’re at. Break down your goal into tiny achievable steps and do one thing on the list each day. You will gain momentum and you will be moving forward, even if you are inching along you are still lapping the person on the coach.
If you have a room that is overwhelming that you and need to organize, set the timer for 10 minutes or even 5 and choose one corner, do something you will feel so much better when you see how far you’ve come in such a short time. If you want to start an exercise program don’t say, “I am going to work out 2 hours a day” and then when you can’t realistically do that, give up. Instead say, “I will do 15 minutes or walk 5 minutes” and add a little more each day until it becomes habit.
A year from now will pass either way, what would you like to say then: “I am getting closer to my goal.” Or “I wish I took that wise women’s advice and made some changes in…”
My Challenge: Choose something you really want to accomplish. Break it down into the smallest steps possible, searching on the web for info is an acceptable step. Make a checklist with little box next to it so you can check off each thing as you do it. Put it where you can see it. Put one thing in your planner for the day then check it off the list. Magic will happen!
Maria Elena Escobar