Too big of a task? Take baby steps

“How am I going to get this done?” is often a question posed by many wanting to achieve an outcome, solve a problem, take their business to the new level or just get on with their week.

In many cases, the road to achieving an end-result appears to be so long, that reaching the end of it and working towards achieving getting there seems like a mammoth task.  What most fail to see, is that a logical approach may just make things appear not as hard as they seem.  In the words of Walt Disney, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Therefore, instead of worrying, holding your head with both hands and stressing about getting something done, try the following:

1. Identify your goal, which you are aspiring to achieve.

2. Make a start.  Getting started is always the hardest. As Lao Tsu stated, “a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”.

3. Divide your project into ‘byte size” tasks and steps.  No average person can eat a whole sandwich or a piece of steak at once. It is always easier to cut your food into pieces before eating it.  You should use the same approach in other aspects of your life.  Break things down into smaller, more doable tasks or easily achievable steps.  A great author, Mark Twain, commented that  “the secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one”.

4. Take baby steps.  Move slowly but surely towards your goal and you will get there.  Do not over-comit and over-promise along the way.

5. Find people around you or within your organisation who can continue the journey with you, give them responsibility for some of the steps or tasks and make them accountable for it.  You would be amazed at how many people will come to your rescue, if required.

6. Celebrate reaching each little milestone and moving from one phase of your project to another.

7. Thank those who stuck with you when you finally get to the end destination.

Lastly, remember that it is all about having the right mindset.  “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson


About Jane Garber-Rosenzweig

I am a mother, a senior franchising and commercial lawyer, a writer and a social media enthusiast. I live a very busy lifestyle but believe that you need to take time to ‘stop and smell the roses’. I also believe in taking educated risks and celebrating all achievements in life, regardless of how big or small they are. I am a lateral thinker and an optimist. My goal in life is to ensure the saying “we make our own destiny” becomes a reality.
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