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Monday, June 6, 2011

Great Things Are Done in Smaller Steps

"Great things are done by a series of 

small things brought together."

~ Vincent van Gogh

Whether you are doing all the small things yourself to create something bigger, or whether you are collaborating with others to put together the pieces that will make your outcome greater than the sum of each part, when you take small steps and put them together, you often get something greater than you had anticipated at the start.  The small steps make the task easier to accomplish.  Sometimes doing things in small steps is the only way to get things accomplished at all.  The job is too big to do all at once, or too overwhelming to achieve.  Small steps keep you from being overwhelmed, and allows you to build momentum towards your goal.  Take those small steps; do those small things and achieve something greater than you'd thought possible.  

This week:  Take a small step toward a big goal.  Do some small thing without expecting yourself to "do it all."  Notice what that feels like.  Although you may think what you did is pretty insignificant in the bigger scheme of things, beginning the journey toward that bigger goal or achievement starts you moving forward.  Do something little every day this week toward some outcome you'd like to accomplish.  Notice your progress at the end of the week.  You may still have a long way to go, but you've made a dent in it, have you not?  Congratulate yourself or reward yourself in some way.  If you like this approach, make a commitment to doing it again next week.  

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people achieve goals they had not thought possible using her solution focused approach.  She specializes in helping people overcome mindset limitations that often block our success.  For more information go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com .


Anonymous said...

Your post is so timely ... as I've realized some wonderful things with my networking and connecting (my form of marketing). I've been taking some 'small steps' and finding myself amazed at the outcomes and the impact of these steps building one on the other. Mostly, I'm amazed at how confident they have made me feel. Thanks for making me see this so tangibly today!

Kristina Shands said...

Thanks so much for the reminder that we can't complete a task without taking that first step. Just what I needed to hear.

Mary Ellen said...

Thanks so much Linda. Just as I had fallen out of the habit of my daily quiet time with God, the topic of yesterday's sermon was why we don't pray. Back to prayers this morning. One small step at a time!

Anonymous said...

Lately I believe that life is a series of small steps. I get lost in thinking "doing that one small thing isn't enough." But it is, you know, for the energy leads to another step.

Santoshamo said...

Small steps --- I'm a big believer in them! Thanks so much for the inspiring post and gentle reminder. I've been in the midst of transitioning to a new website. I tend to want these kind of things done THE moment following the moment I think of it! Nonetheless, I'm taking small steps and ever so slowly reaching the goal. Stay tuned!

Tiffany deSilva said...

So true. Small steps can lead to greater and longer-lasting results than most "radical" change. Often, you don't need to be an "innovator," you just need to be consistently moving toward your goal.