Baby Steps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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I’ve heard all about baby steps, have seen numerous articles on them, and, in a number of blog posts, have encouraged you to take them.

I’ve taken baby steps in the past and found them to be helpful.  They’ve helped me to still work on projects even though I don’t have a chunk of time; they’ve helped me get a toehold into a task that’s overwhelming; they help me keep the momentum going when I don’t have the energy or I just don’t feel like it.

I’ve also taken baby steps and fallen flat on my face!  This happens when my “eyes are bigger than my stomach”, which indicates that although I thought I had broken the steps into baby steps, I really should have broken them down even more—into teensy baby steps.  For instance, sometimes I’ll underestimate the time a particular baby step actually takes or I’ll dive in without having all the materials I need at hand.

Then there’s the ugly where I realized that although baby steps are all well and good, when I looked closely, I was basically treading water and fooling myself that I was making progress.

This week, we’ll talk about these types of baby steps and brainstorm ideas of what we can do about each one.  I’ll point you to a few resources that also might help.

Join me this week and invite several of your friends.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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