Every visible step forward in anything is composed of a multitude of smaller actions. A bodily step starts with
1) a thought,
2) muscle readiness
3) muscle action controlled by
4) kinesthetic senses sending and receiving information to the brain and…
You get the idea I’m sure.
The public never sees the hours of work, of practice. They only read the results of your work.
A child learning to walk or an adult learning to write both rely on small steps on the way to their goals.
And yes, both fall a lot in the beginning.
I reminded myself of these things this morning as I looked at the early results of my switch in online publishing models. I started out feeling like I wasn’t moving forward but poured myself a second (or maybe third) cup of coffee and reviewed my to-do lists and notes.
The number of crossed of tasks and small steps was large and I had forgotten how many things, many behind the scenes, I’d accomplished in the last month of frenetic work. After the review, I came away marveling at how I felt compared to how much I’d accomplished.
And I wondered if that was something many of us share?
We work like crazy on a series of small tasks that take us to a goal. But the goal continues to elude us so we downgrade all our work. We dismiss the list of completed tasks because there’s still many more undone.
I don’t know about you but I add as many tasks to my list as I delete (sometimes more) and so it always appears I haven’t moved forward.
I’m glad I took a few moments this morning to review those lists.
I’m not where I want to be but I’m sure closer than I was a month ago.