That’s the power of small steps.
That’s the power of making an effort and just showing up, and when you do this for a long time, you look back one day and boom! So much progress; this is precisely what has happened to me. The little things you do today compounds!
I know we tend to frown at clichés, but they exist because many people have found a shared truth in them. So when we say little drops of water make a mighty ocean, it’s true. But it’s not just about the little drops; it’s little consistent drops of water that make a mighty ocean.
Whatever you put consistent effort in grows.
Think about it: if little drops were to pour once in a while, they’d get sundried. It’s by amount pouring consistently that create the abundance of water. Isn’t that amazing?
I remember when I started making videos. I would feel very anxious because putting out content on the internet is scary. I would worry that I would make grammatical errors, or nobody would watch my videos. I had a lot of crazy fears, which looking back, were quite understandable. I even felt silly for making them sometimes, and sometimes I felt like stopping. I’m so glad I didn’t.
I think these are feelings we can all relate to. If you see anyone doing anything you feel is worth something today, they had a beginning, and it most likely wasn’t marked with as much finesse, glamour or coolness as it is now.
There’s a message there: don’t be afraid of looking stupid at the beginning. Someone once said that “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly at the beginning” it sounds funny, but it’s true.
If you’re a perfectionist, this could be a hard pill to swallow because we expect to be perfect at things as soon as we start doing them. But the truth is, it most likely won’t be, and we will have to go through the awkward stages of growth, the teenage years, if you will, before it all makes sense.
If you’re waiting for everything to be perfect before you start, then you probably never will.
Have you ever heard of the concept of Analysis Paralysis? It’s when people over rationalize making the first step. They believe that everything has to be perfect before working towards their dreams. If you give in to this feeling, you probably will never start something because life is unpredictable. But, if you don’t start, then you won’t get to where you want to go.
So get out of your head, and act! Start now. Take the small step towards what you want! Take it one day at a time, and be consistent. Consistency compounds & results in growth, and it is beautiful to see.
Something else that we tend to do is compare our pace with others. For example, maybe you have started something, but you’re not learning fast enough or getting recognized like others.
But we always forget that we are not other people; we possess a unique identity, which means our path will be different from others. So be patient with yourself, your journey & your growth while maintaining consistency, and remembering that good things take time.
Make sure that you’re doing something every day that will eventually compound and become something great. Your big dreams, ideal lifestyle, and life you want to live will never come until you start. So don’t give into trying to figure everything out before you make the first move.
About Starting Over
Have you heard of Sunk Cost Fallacy? It’s a concept I’ve been experimenting with lately. It means that sometimes human beings tend to continue across a fruitless path simply because they have invested a lot of resources into it.
For instance, you know you hate a course, but you finish it because you have already spent so much money. Or you are friends with someone who doesn’t uplift you, but you allow this person to stay in your life because you have been friends since you were toddlers.
Or you spend hours recording a video and then realize you made a mistake with the audio, but you post it anyway. Lol! Shading myself.