The Most Important Step
Asked on Quora: How can I setup my mind for hard work?
Sometimes the hardest part of any job is simply starting. When we imagine the whole task and the effort required to accomplish that undertaking, we can become overwhelmed and stressed.
There can also be a fearful aspect of taking on so much at once, even if most of the weight of that burden is in our head. So, the answer is to become really present and not fixate on more than the first small step.
Write down a simple summary of the task at hand and why you want to achieve it. Don’t worry about the details or how it will be achieved.
Break it into three chunks:
What I can do if I need inspiration/assistance:
What it will feel like to accomplish this task:
You don’t need to know every step. Have faith that the first step will prepare you for the next and that you will have everything you need when you need it.
After you complete the list then take that first step and read through the next two, editing if needed. Finally, return to your first step (change it to the next step) and repeat the process.
Celebrate and rest as needed, and remember we are all in this together.
People and resources will appear as you move forward, so be open to sharing your journey with those that can learn from you and teach you something new.