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Small Steps Are The New Big Steps

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Manifesting

How do you achieve your goals and dreams?  Should you take big steps or small steps? Do you think small steps are boring? What about internal steps?

The Tortoise and the Hare, an Aesop Fable

As found in Wikipedia: “The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise who challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. The tortoise gets tired but he keeps going. When the hare awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.”

“Slow but steady wins the race.”  Aesop quote (620-560 BC)

I believe that an occasional big/bigger step is a good thing to test.  Reflect on your life to see what has worked better for you- small (consistent) steps or big steps?  As shared in “Quotes About Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone”, I am stepping outside of my comfort zone every day; my small daily steps are adding up to some big shifts for me.  Small steps are the new big steps!

Achievable Steps

As shared in “How to Create Success- 6 Tips”, it is important to break down your overall goal into achievable steps.  Definitely stretch yourself; however, unrealistic targets can do more harm than good. As shared in “Practice When it’s Easy”, the reason to Practice When it’s Easy is because you want to experience success. When you achieve a desired goal you feel energized, empowered and confident; this positive energy fuels your continued success. You define what success is for you and try to feel, to experience, success as often as you can.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking you complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Don’t Forget Internal Steps

Take internal small steps as well as external small steps. Try small changes in your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, self-talk, etc.  For example, instead of thinking that a certain situation is going to be difficult, envision it as being easy.  If that step is too big, then imagine the situation as being neutral.  If you feel stressed, try feeling whole and complete for 5 minutes.

I suggest double dipping!  Simultaneously take an external and an internal step.  For example, while trying a new food silently express gratitude to the people that brought the food to your table.  While you’re at it, acknowledge yourself for the steps you are taking.

“Small sequential steps are smart steps.” Jo-Ann Downey

photo credit: jehsuk

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