BY JENNIFER MOCCIO
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Decide that you want it, more than you are afraid of it.” -Bill Cosby
“A goal without a plan is just…a wish.” -Antoin e de Saint-Exupery
Mark Twain really hits the nail on the head with the quote above. He says that being able to accomplish a BIG goal or BIG task is possible, if you break it down into many, small mini-goals. When you look at a task on the micro level, you begin to feel that it is attainable. It’s when you look at a massive project or goal in front of you with no clear pathway to get there, that many people decide to throw their hands up in the air & give up. I find it incredibly interesting when people look at an end goal and immediately think “I can’t.” That is SUCH a limiting belief! The end goal usually brings feelings of pride & accomplishment to our lives, so why are we so quick to dismiss it and say it’s just too BIG to reach?
Overwhelmed, impatient, lack of instant gratification – these are all contributing reasons to why we tend to not even entertain the idea of putting major goals on our radar. I can relate to all of these feelings and more when I promised myself back in January to begin training for my first ever half marathon. It was completely a ‘bucket list’ goal for me, but I knew that making the time to run every day / each week leading up to the end of April race, was going to be a tough road. The ONLY way I was able to actually run 13.1 miles was because I trained every day and weekend and didn’t let up, even when the last thing I wanted to do was run. I had that end goal in mind. However, running each & every day didn’t seem so daunting because I took it ONE DAY AT A TIME. I refused to think about the amount of months it would take to get to race day (3 to be exact!). I attribute the success of accomplishing this goal by doing exactly what Mr. Twain described – break it down into small, manageable tasks that eventually build upon each other and gets you to the ‘finish line.’
Whether you have a big dream of starting your own business, running a half or full marathon, obtaining a degree for your dream job, or even learning a new hobby, just know that the road to victory might be long, but it doesn’t have to be viewed as impossible. Take the smallest of steps, one day at a time, and really, anything is possible. It’s up to you to actively live with this mentality each & every single day. Don’t give up if you hit a bump in the road. You’ll be much happier and even more proud of your accomplishment if you choose to push hard through those tough times.
I wish all of my Sweet Little Nuggets luck in taking that initial small step toward a big change!
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