As I shared with you in Monday’s post, there are times I’ve taken baby steps yet I’ve fallen flat on my face. That’s because I took too big of a step. Even though it seemed I’d broken the big step into small pieces, those pieces were still too big.
This is obvious, right?
But why would I have taken a step that was too big and risk disappointment and failure? Because I had stinkin’ thinkin’ going on in my head!
A few of my friends and I talked about this subject and here are some of the thoughts that went through our minds—let me know if any of these sound familiar to you!
~I have a college education and I should be able to take big steps;
~It’s insulting to take itsy bitsy baby steps;
~People will think I’m an incompetent nincompoop if I take small baby steps;
~Kevin Co-worker in the next cubicle takes big steps and I’m smarter than him so I should be able to take big steps, too;
~That motivational book I read featured stories of people who took big steps so I should be able to, also;
~I saw on Facebook that the annoying person in my book club took a huge step. I’m nicer than her so I should easily be able to out-step her!
You’ll notice that many of these thoughts have to do with comparing ourselves to others or being worried about how others will perceive us—what they’ll think about us. Also, we get tripped up when we don’t allow ourselves to be beginners again and when we have to be taught and learn.
The antidote: Stop comparing ourselves to others! Turn off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites!! Also, be careful what we let into our minds—what we watch on TV, what we listen to, who we hang around.
Keep reminding ourselves that each step we take, no matter how small, puts us one step closer to our dreams!
Keep going! Keep taking those baby steps!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,