The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time. – Joe Girard
If you want to write a book, start by writing one line a day;
If you want to create the flossing habit, start by flossing one tooth a day;
If you want to clean the clutters in your room, start by throwing out one thing a day.
If you want to establish reading habit, start by reading one chapter a day;
If you want to have better communication with your partner, start by having one conversation at a time;
If you want to learn to exercise, start by marching in place for one minute a day;
The list can go on and on. Does it seem a lot easier when you do that one line, one tooth, one book or one minute? If you continue that “one”’s, some time later, before realizing, you will find you are where you want to be. How? According to M. J. Ryan in her Preparing to Change, “Whenever we initiate a change, even a positive one, we activate fear in our emotional brain. If you the fear is big enough, the fight-to-flight response will go off and we will run from what we’re trying to do.” However, the small steps , the “one” don’t set off the response and we have opportunity to keep up the change.
Breaking down the process into small steps makes the whole process more rewarding and playful, as we can award ourselves with each step that we take. That is success. When we focus on the continuous success, the whole changing process seems more manageable and enjoyable. It’s also a great antidote to procrastination. You don’t have to do it all, just one small thing at a time. The things are so small that even if you mess up, it won’t be a mountain of screw-ups that makes you feel terrible. On the contrary, the successes we experienced will give us the courage and passion to continue and even to the finish line ahead of time. Once you’ve done the first step, put out the next one. It works just like this.
Take notes of that Chinese saying, “A journey of thousands of miles may not be achieved through accumulation of each single step, just as the enormous ocean may not be formed gathering every brook or stream.”
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