Start where you are, not where you want to be
As a little girl I dreamed of becoming an entertainer and dancing on stage professionally with Madonna and Janet Jackson. Then I wanted to be a Grammy winning artist. I’ve given up the Grammy dream (though I do have a goal to learn the guitar and sing live, somewhere, at least once). Today my dreams include helping teens and adults feel good about themselves – more confident and connected to their dreams and aspirations.
Dreams keep me motivated, excited and passionate about my work and personal activities.
And just as much as dreams keep me motivated, sometimes dreams keep me stuck. My tendency is to “save the world”. I often forget to start where I am and instead jump right to where I want to be.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you taken that giant leap before the baby steps?
Today, I once again found I was getting ahead of myself. Thank goodness for my accountability partner who kindly brought my feet back down to earth and reminded me of where I am today. *Sigh*
Perhaps you’ve heard the clichés:
Climb a ladder rung by rung
or my personal favorite,
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Same is true for dreams, goals or any achievement you are working towards.
Start where you are, not where you want to be.
Enjoy every baby step along the way, that’s the real success.
And no matter how painful or slow the process may feel, never ever give up on your dream.
What are your dreams? Do you ever get caught up in the end goal instead of enjoying each step along the way?