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Building Blocks

I'm not really sure why the only phrases I can think of in regards to completing a task are so morbid. For example, the old adage that says, "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" or also, "there's more than one way to skin a cat." Why are they so terrible?? If you have better ones, post them below! I'd love some better axioms! Anyway, the truths behind them still stand. When you have a goal, it can sometimes be overwhelming when everyone states their way is the only or best way to reach that goal. Well, success is how you decide to define it, so while your end goal might look similar to someone else's, it's okay when the journey looks different. Take their wisdom and consider it, and if it doesn't fit with your desired path, toss it aside. There's more than one way to reach your goal!

So now that you have your goal and your idea of what success will look like to you, you might even understand the pathway to getting there, but actually moving along that path still feels difficult. When you're climbing a mountain or running a rocky trail, you have the end in mind and the path in sight, but your greatest concentration is on the next one or two steps. It can feel overwhelming to think of the great task before you, the great mountain to climb or race to finish, so you must break it down to its smallest parts: each and every step. In the same manner, a building isn't built all at once, but one piece at a time, sometimes even one brick at a time.

Consider those images when you're planning each action to reach your goal. You may not have to know yet exactly how you're going to accomplish step number seven, so don't get bogged down by that if you're only at step two. Once you get closer you can start considering it, but for now, focus on the next one or two tasks that need to be accomplished. Once those are done, move on to the next one or two. Before you know it, you'll be long past that intimidating step number seven, looking back with a sense of accomplishment!

With your goal in mind, what is the next task or two you need to accomplish to move you along your pathway? What wisdom from others can you apply to your process that will help you? What advice from others doesn't fit with your goals, and therefore can be set aside?

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