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Baby Steps

Baby Steps - Episode 88

Do your goals seem HUGE? Maybe even insurmountable at times? The key to conquering any large task is take it one step at a time. It’s like the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” But sometimes even those steps and bites can seem too big to handle. That’s when you break those steps into smaller ones. Those I like to call baby steps. Baby steps can be used to improve your life in many ways. You can take baby steps to help you achieve a goal, to help you increase your positivity, and to do many more huge things! I have five tips and strategies to help you get to whatever goal you have using baby steps.

The first strategy is to create a plan. If you have a goal, you can create a plan to get to that goal. For example, if your goal is to have more positivity in your life, how can you make it so that you have more positive days in the week than negative ones? Your plan could be to track your gratitudes every morning and reflect at night along with some other things thrown in there. Make a plan on how you can reach your goal with the things you need to do to get there.

The next step is to start small. Take it slow. Instead of just jumping in and going for it, take smaller steps. You can have a huge goal, but you don’t need to go from zero to sixty in one day. Going back to the positivity goal, you can’t just go from being a negative person for your entire life to suddenly being a beacon of light shining with positivity with the flip of a switch. You might be able to keep it up for an hour or two, but you’re going to get tired out and crabby and when you look back on the day it’s going to suck! Start with small little things, maybe start by tracking your gratitudes in the morning. Write three down each day, and that’s it. Keep it going, and once you get better at that you can add in the next step which could be to reflect on your day and write down three awesome things that happened before you go to bed. Keep adding on these small little steps and eventually you will reach your goal. 

Now that you have these baby steps, you need to be consistent with them. Day after day after day, keep going! If you follow your steps one day, but you don’t do it the next and you’re sporadic with it, you will never really see the benefits of it. If you want to run a marathon, and you only run once or twice a week and you’ve never run before, you’re probably not going to get very far on race day or you’re going to get injured. Be consistent with your baby steps. You can take a rest day every once and a while, and if you forget every now and then, don’t beat yourself up over it. If you’re consistent 90% of the time, you’re going to go far, and you will reach your goal. Life happens, obstacles happen, you may struggle with consistency, but it’s ok, push through it and get back on track when you can. If you miss a day, come back, and keep going. 

The next strategy is to celebrate the wins along the way! You may be going for a huge goal but celebrate the small wins as well. If your goal is to run a marathon and you’ve never run before, celebrate when you run a mile for the first time! Celebrate the milestones and the small wins along the way. It doesn’t have to be a crazy party or a huge dinner, it can be a pat on the back or allowing yourself to enjoy something you don’t typically. That will help you keep yourself motivated!

Lastly, just keep going! Once you finish that goal, find another one! It doesn’t need to be in the same area, maybe your first goal was to get a promotion, your second goal could be to learn to play the piano! Find something you want to accomplish and push yourself to go for it! 

I would love to hear what you think about Baby Steps! Send me a message on social media @Jonesinfor or send me an email at spencer@spencermjones.com.