Do you have a secret dream? Something you have always wanted? Something big, incredible, and that others tell you is impossible, and yet you just keep toying with it in the back of your mind?
Or maybe there is some goal in your life that you do kind of work at. You try to eat right, but never really lose weight. You try to get your exercise, but something always seems to come up. You enjoy painting, but there is never time to take a class. You mess around with this or that, but it just never goes anywhere.
You really already know the answer. It isn’t a secret. There are books and magazines galore out there, and motivational speakers, and one line slogans designed to get you going. What you need is a plan.
- How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
- The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
All people are born with these little under-developed brains and bodies that have to grow and develop. People must grow in size and develop in skill. People must grow and develop into what they will become. Artists become artists one work at a time, growing in skill with each piece. Writers become with each word. Chefs become with each dish. Scientists become through each observation and connection. Teachers become by sharing what they know. Each person becomes what they are by doing and sharing what they do with others.
No-one becomes anything with only one. The greatest potential surgeon who stops after the first challenge is not a surgeon. The potential astronaut who will not submit himself to the required discipline is also done.
Rather than look at the end goal, look at the beginning. What small thing can be done today. That weight loss goal might get a little closer if you eat more vegetables and cut sugars, and take that walk you keep talking about. If you are a great cook who would like to own a restaurant, have you ever worked in a restaurant and seen it from the inside? Perhaps, there is another avenue that appeals to the budding chef, like a cooking school?
Do you want to change the world? Maybe you will. But it won’t happen with out a plan, and one step at a time, until you have learn how far you can go. Goals keep changing with our abilities, because we just don’t know what we are capable of.