“I dream of men who dream of taking the next step instead of worrying about the next thought steps.” – Theodore Roosevelt
How easy is it to become overwhelmed when the task ahead seems so massive? This happens to us all -- particularly those of us who are constantly caught in lofty pursuits. Because I believe that dreams that don’t scare me aren’t big enough, I always believe bigger = better when it comes to goals and dreams. Naturally, that means that I attract and gravitate towards people who delight in the challenge of lofty dreams as well.
The biggest dreams and loftiest of goals are all achievable. Much like everything else in life, the only way to achieve them is to break them down.
I watched Frozen II this weekend (which if you haven’t, please just please! It’s amazing!).
I won’t give anything away other than to tell you there’s a great song Anna sings called The Next Right Thing. As I was listening, I reminisced about my strategy during my climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro (and every mountain since then). It sounds too deliberate for me to call it a strategy; it was more of a survival mechanism.
While I did take time to stop, I remember focusing during each of the thousands and thousands of steps I took on that mountain on just that next step. Of course I was enjoying the beauty that surrounded me and really took time to take in the ‘being there.’
I felt so grateful. But for most of my hikes, I focused only on the next step. I kept my nose down for the most part and I don’t know if this is the case for everyone, but keeping my focus this way helped me get farther as opposed to if I’d simply focused on the big picture.
That big dream or goal has to be constant. The expectation is always to achieve it, but is there much reason to focus on the tasks and steps you can’t take just yet?
Every so often I did glance upward to see the peak growing nearer. But when your quads are on fire, your lungs feel like they’re going to explode, and you simply don’t have one ounce of energy to go on, looking at what’s left makes everything heavier. By focusing on what’s in front, you don’t have to worry about what’s way, way ahead.
With every step I know I’m getting closer but I’d rather be encouraged by the next step than worrying about how much farther I have to go.
This especially comes in handy when I’m working on a big goal and find it’s the case for my clients as well. While the goal will always remain, when discouragement sets in, just refocus on the next step. Consider how you can do that “next right thing” that needs to happen to keep you moving forward. Take the next step – even when you feel tired and want to stop. Small movement forward is still movement forward.
I promise that your energy and motivation will return and your continued momentum will have the wind at your back again in no time.