Action changes perspective
When you put one foot in front of the other, a funny thing happens; you start to get some place.
Not much of a revelation I know, but still true.
In the beginning of anything, it all seems overwhelming. Too big. Too hard. Too far away.
But if you don’t let those feeling stop your feet from moving, then things get less big, hard and far away.
But how often do we stop just to stop feeling frustrated? When we do stop, the size of your task stays the same and in some cases, gets even bigger.
Letting ego and impatience talk
Impatience and ego will chatter in your mind, but so what? Let them chatter. If you can put them aside and show up daily to keep those feet going, you start to silence your ego and shift impatience into patience. The trick is to keep walking when everything inside you screams stop.
If you keep on going, there will be a moment when everything shifts; where you’ve done so much that the scales of perspective change significantly. The perspective is no longer looking down the long road in front, but now seeing yourself with some in front and even more behind.
You’ve made a dent in your task. You’re no longer a beginner. There is more behind you than in front.
Your tipping point of perspective
I travel a lot each year and no matter how much I do it, I never like travel days. They seem huge to me. To lessen the magnitude of a 30 hour journey, I break it down into parts. For example:
- House to airport
- Check in and gate
- Flight one
- Lay over
- Flight two
- Airport to hotel/home
As I travel, I can see progress even though I’m still hours (many) away from my bed. I start out at 0/6 completed, but by the second airport, I’m already at at 4/6 completed. I can now see more of my journey behind me and very little of it left to do in front of me.
I apply this to a lot tasks that I do; a work week, projects, courses, my yoga practice, reading (chapters take care of it), etc. I break it down into smaller manageable chunks and acknowledge my “tipping point of perspective” to keep my motivation fresh and energetic.
What task is preventing you from starting due to it’s perceived size? How could you break it down into smaller more manageable chunks that keep your “feet moving?”