Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with one step. – Lao Tzu
It’s daunting. Looking at what is expected of you, what the end game should be and feeling inadequate. Picturing the end result and the journey that you have to take to get where you want to be may bring up questions of your ability to achieve this.
Alcoholics Anonymous have it right, you have to take it one day/ step at a time. No matter the project, no matter the process, think one step at a time.
How can one accomplish this? With deadlines breathing down your neck, nightmares of failures and disappointments of what could go wrong, why not try this:
- Breathe. Sounds easy, right? Stop everything and just take a moment to breathe. Before you can even begin your task, the foremost thing you can do is take a breath and fortify yourself for the task ahead. Remind yourself of why you are the one who is undertaking this project. The worst criticism will come from within, take a preemptive strike by reminding yourself of why you can do what you are setting out to do.
- Break it down. They say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, for good reason. Every big project is characterized by the process it takes to get there. Break down the project into smaller portions. Since you know what to expect as an end result, subdivide what needs to be done into manageable bits.
‘I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. – Helen Keller.
- Plan. After breaking down everything that needs to be done, be proactive to plan and prioritize the order of execution. It would be imprudent to build a roof of a house before you erect the walls. This is where the plan comes in; it creates the road-map of your journey towards your destination. A plan will keep you from being sidetracked, while simultaneously, helping you track your progress in achieving the big picture.
- Take action. No matter how many plans and dreams you hope to achieve, they will always be an imagination until you get up and start to do something about it. Since you already have a road-map of not only what you want to achieve, but how to get there, it is time to get your hands dirty. Consider taking the if-then approach which can not only motivate you during the entire process, but you get to reward yourself once a milestone is arrived at, on time.
No mountain is too hard to climb, all you need is the right attitude, and a good feasible plan.