Baby steps, always.
That was the mantra I kept telling myself all through last year. And it’s the reason I’ve come so much further on reaching my goals.
In case you need some help getting further along on your own journeys to greatness, here’s my secret to reaching my goals.
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Baby steps, always.
This isn’t a new idea, but this wording and muttering it to myself everyday was life-changing for me.
It means continuously working on projects, even if it’s just one tiny thing per day. It might take some time, but you’ll eventually reach the end. Here’s my example:
Several months back, I wanted to write an ebook and publish it through my blog for my readers to purchase. This was a hugely daunting task to think about – so much work would have to go into this project: researching, writing, editing, formatting, learning, scheduling, on and on.
So I broke everything down into smaller steps, so I could think about my massive project in smaller and less overwhelming pieces. Instead of thinking about the whole ebook project, I thought of it only as writing one day, and learning about making ebooks the next day. I didn’t let myself think about multiple tasks at once.
And from there, I broke down the different tasks even further.
Teeny tiny tasks for my ebook included: deciding on the book format, deciding how many chapters there would be, deciding what each chapter would focus on, taking a course on ebooks (1 lesson a day), researching one chapter at a time, writing one chapter at a time, editing one chapter at a time, formatting and inserting pictures one chapter at a time, researching places to sell my ebook, creating a launch plan, writing launch emails, editing said emails, etc.
That list on its own looks like a lot. But I told myself, I only had to do at least one task a day. Baby steps, always. It sounds silly to do so little a day, but I was going for consistency and accomplishment, not speed.
Would it have been faster for me to use larger chunks of time to work on my ebook? Absolutely. But sometimes that just didn’t work for me. I got a sense of accomplishment from those little wins. And on some days I was able to do more work than others, but those were bonuses.
“Baby steps, always” also has me regularly editing my novel, working on the next blog project, keeping the blog content coming and even doing housework. It’s the slow and steady method for getting stuff done and reaching my goals.
It’s not a quick fix by any means, but it is helping me make progress at the snail’s pace I apparently like.
Have you tried anything like this? Do you like to work slow and steady like a tortoise or are you more of a hare?
Enjoy the journey!