Would you expect a baby to be able to run a marathon?
I really hope you answered no.
Have you ever been at your desk or laid in bed at night thinking about all the things you had to get done? Picturing your to-do list can be really and truly scary.
I need to email ____ …Oh and I have to finish these assignments.. I forgot to call___… The application for ___ is due tomorrow… AHHHH !!!
This self-talk looks almost identical to the one I replay internally nearly everyday. You too?
Usually when I have these overwhelming feelings, I look for inspiration. Sometimes I find it and sometimes I don’t.
Lucky for me and those reading, this time I found exactly what I needed to hear.
I came across a TedX called “How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals.” Please watch it if you haven’t already done so.
The speaker in this video has achieved unimaginable things. He forced himself into the Guinness Book of World Records for something that previously wasn’t a topic in it. He participated in the most difficult half marathon, learned how to speak German, read 50 books, hiked 33 trails in a year, and the list goes on.
This guy is super accomplished, right?
What’s his advice? Little steps.
How can you climb to the top of the mountain if you don’t take the first step?
How can you read 50 books if you don’t read the first chapter, sentence, word?
He suggests that instead of drastically changing our routines and habits that we add small changes to get there.
To learn German, he dedicated his commute time in which he usually listened to music, and switched the audio to the lessons.
What small actions can you make to bring you closer to your goals or to crossing off everything on that to-do list?
Don’t let the height of the mountain intimidate you. Take your next step and focus. Progress is still progress.
You won’t get everything done if you don’t start by getting the first thing done.