When a task is overwhelming, or a dream seems too big, just start. This applies to massive laundry piles, business goals, or whatever seems too lofty to ever be able to accomplish. Whatever you want to have happen, start taking action that will get you closer to your goal. It’s the activation energy of getting started that is the hardest to overcome. Once you get over that hump and start to see a little progress, the momentum makes you accomplish more than you set out to do.
An example could be that you want to keep your kitchen really clean. Well, after dinner I set a timer for just 5 minutes, and tell myself I’m going to work on clearing my counters just until the timer goes off. In five minutes, I can make a TON of headway. Usually, since I’m already doing it, I choose to keep going, and get my kitchen even cleaner than I set out to. I know this may seem like a small example, but I’ve learned to do this in so many aspects of my life.
Let yourself see SMALL results. Don’t tell yourself you have to do it all today. Pay that bill. Take that little pile of stuff to donate. Make that difficult phone call, or write just a paragraph of that book you’ve always wanted to write. You’ll be surprised at how little steps in the right direction will motivate you to do even more.
Okay, I started. Now what?
Once you start something, get in the habit of taking small and active steps toward that goal every day. A few years ago, I was just dying to add a garden bed to my backyard. I decided I would dig for just 15-30 minutes a day, and that could be my workout. I was sweaty, and it was hard, but after two weeks, I had my garden bed.
I think you get the point. If you don’t start today, you won’t be able to look back at all the accumulated work you have done and see how far you’ve come. Doing small amounts of work often, adds up to a LOT of work. So….go get it. Whatever it is. Start training for that marathon, or cleaning out your closets, or painting that room. Whatever result you want in your life, get going at it, because small steps take you great places.