Baby Steps Add Up


Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth (Photo credit: cosmicautumn)

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for a week now. To say that I have made incremental improvement is pushing it. The victories would seem miniscule to anyone who actually knows what they are doing – but I don’t – so the victories are immense in my book.

So, here I am – I ate a late dinner of marinated steak, green beans, and a tomato. I still have a side of wooly mammoth to eat tonight.

I don’t like wooly mammoth. Its tough and hairy. But I know that if I want to get to where I want to go, I have to get rid of the wooly mammoth. I don’t want to tackle it. I really don’t.

But I want to get to the other side.

So, I will take another bite tonight. A little bite, because that’s all I can handle tonight. But I will keep going. It feels like I will never reach the end.

The cat won’t shut up. I can’t think.

I need yet another piece of software that I can’t afford this week.

I want to quit, throw up my hands and walk away – but my spirit won’t let me.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals? You’re not giving up, are you?

Has your frustration level reached high enough levels to begin doubting whether or not there’s something wrong with you?

Have you ever asked yourself, your spouse, or a close friend:

Why am I not more successful?

What am I doing wrong?

What’s wrong with me?

Am I really that stupid?

Is God punishing me?

Will I ever succeed?

The real truth is that most of the time what is standing between us and our goal is knowledge. Its easy when you know how, right?

If you’re anything like me, then you study and study and study so that you can get it right.

But there comes a point where you just have to jump in and start doing and learn along the way. You won’t really learn anything until you start doing it.

It can be really overwhelming.

Go ahead – take a bite. Chew it up.

Tomorrow – take another bite.

30 days of little bites will move you along a lot fast than 30 days of waiting for when you have more time, or you’re in a better mood, or…

Will you join me in my misery?

Takes little bites out of your wooly mammoth every day for the rest of this month before the weather gets warm?

Won’t it be great if by April 1st we can all celebrate our accomplishments?

OK, I’m re-motivated. How about you?

You in?


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4 thoughts on “Baby Steps Add Up

  1. Dan

    You got it right. Knowledge is the keep but I would add a flexible plan is the second main ingredient. You might take a small bite today in order to take two big bites tomorrow, or have to skip a day. The plan is solid, a bite a day, but make it flexible to you don’t feel like you messed up if one day you can’t take a bite due to other circumstances.
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  2. Beth

    Great post Carole!

    You described quite accurately how I and others have felt at times in our lives. I am in. Why? Because there is so much I desire to do left in my life, and the years pass by so quickly that nothing much happens unless I make that consistent effort. It’s always worth it!

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