Small Steps

The hard part is getting started. Whether you’re working toward recovery, completing a house/yard project, or exercising to improve health, even tiny steps are progress.

steps to recoveryI love this cartoon for adults and children. It feels awesome to achieve a goal, especially if it’s something that scares or intimidates us. Like when Talee and I finally got control of our panic attacks. Or when Talee and Mackenzie went ziplining (fear of heights!) Or when I skied down a mountain (fear of skiing!)

I tend to get overwhelmed by projects. I’m impatient. My husband is the opposite. I’ve learned from him that I can achieve rewards if I take the time and have the patience to get there. That’s hard to do!

This is how I handle it: I tell myself, “I’ll make this one phone call” or “I’ll work out for fifteen minutes” or “I’ll clean the closet for half an hour.” I need to start with something, even if it’s small. Then I feel good I’ve accomplished that one part, and think, “Okay, I can do this, it’s not so bad.” Before I know it, I’ve been on the exercise bike for forty minutes, or cleaned four shelves of the closet.

Of course, there are times I feel like I’ve taken ten steps forward, and six steps back. So frustrating! But I know if I keep at it, I’ll eventually achieve my goal.

Small steps can reap great rewards.

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Image courtesy of alifetimeofwisdom.com

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4 thoughts on “Small Steps

  1. First of all, thanks for the “follow”. And yes small steps always lead to big results. For some people getting up in the morning may seem too small to be important but it’s HUGE. God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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    • Thanks for the comment Rebecca! I completely agree with you. The things that may seem small or insignificant to most people are huge accomplishments for others. Like when my daughter was finally able to walk into her classroom after missing many days of school due to panic attacks. I knew what a huge step that was for her (literally)! Hope you have a good day too 🙂

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