A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu (ENT 670- Blog 6)
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu
This quote is in our reading for ENT 670, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, by Steve Blank.
When I read this, I think of my personal journey. It takes all of the small decisions to make a big change in your life, or at least that applies to my life, personally. I’m guilty of being overwhelmed by thinking of ALL of the assignments at once, and I almost never begin. I don’t know where to start and it feels impossible, so I would not start at all, and dwell on how much there is to be done.
What I do now is trick myself. I say to myself, “Just do it Rebecca. Just do 5 minutes! That’s it!” The hardest part can be just starting, and after that it is easy. I will feel more motivated after starting, then do the next piece, and then the next, (when I told myself I would only just start)!
I do the same thing when I exercise. I make myself put on tennis shoes and tell myself, “I’ll just run one mile”, or “I’ll just run 10 minutes”, and I will usually end up running longer than that once I’m started. Again, just like this blog I’m typing right now, once I started typing, it got easier to finish a paragraph, and add another.
School can be so difficult if you don’t live in the present moment. It took a while, but I had to focus on assignments in small chunks, or pieces, and I highlight what I have done on my checklist so far as I finish. Seeing the finished, highlighted items on my list in front of me helps a lot! It gives me hope and motivation to finish the next assignment. It’s very rewarding when I do it this way and visually see progress! Enjoy the journey of a thousand miles. Trick yourself into success with a single step!