“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent van Gogh
One of the most challenging aspects of self-improvement or of achieving our goals is that we set such lofty goals for ourselves but lack any plan to bring us closer step-by-step.
If your goals don’t seem a little bit crazy or frightening to you then maybe you aren’t being bold enough in your expectations and measurement of yourself.
No matter how lofty our goals, it is important that we create actionable steps to bring us from our present state to the realization of these goals.
That is where the above quote by famed artist Vincent van Gogh comes in. Van Gogh didn’t just sit down one day and paint a masterpiece in a few hours. He likely thought for a very long time, perhaps even years, envisioning the painting in his head or searching for inspiration. Once he had the picture in his mind, he spent countless hours perfecting his work before it was complete. Those famous and great paintings he created were the result of many small painting sessions culminating in the work for which he is now renowned.
Have you ever had a goal that you thought would help you live a better and happier life? If you achieved that goal, how did you do it? My guess is you did it by working towards it over a prolonged period. One single day, observed independently, might appear to yield no progress. But when we combine those individual days of nearly indetectable progress, we recognize that we are well on our path towards fulfillment of our goals.
Step 1 is to create a goal. Step 2 is to create a timeline. Step 3 is to figure out what actions must be taken. Step 4 is implementing your plan.
Avoid being intimidated or discouraged by the distant and grand nature of our goals. Remain focused and committed to growth. Take small steps every day toward realizing whatever you want to achieve.