“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Reflecting on yesterday’s post I got to thinking about getting things done.
Most people find reasons outside of themselves to blame Time, money, i’m too old, i’m too young, I have a family etc. The truth is that it’s either fear holding them back or lack of motivation to actually do it. The classical “if only”.
While discussing this with a colleague today I was struck by how we tend to see the mountain and get discouraged. We start to think about how hard it’ll be and how many steps it’ll take to get there. Nope! Too hard! I’ll just sit here and watch TV instead. That Sheldon cracks me up!
Stop doing that. You CAN do it! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there eventually. I’m not advocating jumping head first into something without dipping your toes first. See what tools you’ll need to conquer your mountain. But don’t spend all your time planning either. Then you’re just procrastinating. When it’s a choice between a person who plans and a person who takes action, action always triumphs.
So, set a goal (step 1). Think about what you’ll need for the journey (step 2). Take the first step (step 3). Sometimes we hit a snag or unforseen block. Take a step back to step 2 and then proceed to step 3. Repeat when necessary. When you’ve reached your goal, rejoice. Bask in the glory of it all. Then set a new goal and go for it! Baby steps, baby!
Mountains aren’t meant to keep us from seeing what’s on the other side. They’re there to see how badly we want to find out.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali
“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjöld
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary
A little inspirational vid! =D
Facing The Giants: