So how do you drop thirty pounds, learn how to swim, or climb Mt Everest? I'm starting to think it all happens the same way.
Well – pretty much!
What’s the first thing you do? We don’t just go from wanting to run a marathon to running one. We have to start training. And we don’t just jump into a new training routine that requires hours of running right off the bat (unless maybe we’re seasoned and fit runners). We break down our goal, mile by mile. If a mile is a too ambitious, we can break that down even further; alternating running a minute and walking a minute.
Everyone has their own pace. Don’t feel bad if you need more time to work up to something. It will depend on so many different factors – temperament, motivation, overall feelings about the goal you’re working on, past experiences, conditioning, and so on. If you’re taking on a particularly large goal, or one that you have some nervousness about, breaking it down into smaller and smaller actions can help. With each action you do successfully, you find an opportunity to celebrate, build confidence, and gain momentum.
Don’t fret either, if things don’t go perfectly right away. Perhaps the steps are still a bit too big. Maybe the steps themselves are actually taking you in the wrong direction and you need to redefine the steps.
Sometimes, we just need that gentle push. Fear is a powerful thing and can keep us frozen in place. Don’t let it limit your dreams. Don’t get stuck in the planning phase. Give yourself that little push! Whether it’s climbing Mt. Everest or your Mt. Everest, we all approach setting and working toward a goal in the same way.
What’s your Mt. Everest?