Small Deposits = Big Returns
You, like most of us, have gotten hung up due to certain excuses and/or circumstances. Perhaps...
• Life got crazy with way too many tasks to complete and way too many choices to make
• A project is intimidating you, so you keep putting it off
• Your new habit is super hard to stick to, so you've fallen off after about a week
What all of these situations have in common is that you tend to find yourself consumed by the overwhelming nature of it all. You're focusing on too many aspects and so you tend to tap out early on.
What I do is step back and focus on "the one thing" necessary to get me where I need to be.
You'd really like to get that raise that you've been working so hard for. There are several different tasks you feel need to be addressed in order to achieve this goal. However, solving that one problem in your department, perhaps addressing concerns with a workmate, seems to keep coming in the way of you attacking the other tasks. What is the one thing you can do to solve that issue? Is it to set a meeting and address the concerns? Or send an email to the group as a whole? Whatever that one solution may be, focus on that first. Once this has been accomplished, attack the next task in the same manner—what's the one thing you can do to attack the one problem at hand?
You have way too much to work on right now and you've become a little overwhelmed—so maybe it's time to do one thing. Notice and name what is going on and create a list of tasks that need to completed. Start knocking out the tasks on your list that take less than a minute to do and then work your way down the list, one by one.
You started a new habit last week—either a new exercise routine, a food prep goal or an attempt at stretching regularly. You've already fallen off and it's only been a week. Thoughts of resistance are starting to consume you. What would happen if you stood up right now, bent over and reached for your toes? What would happen if you started to write out your grocery list for food prep right now? Momentum—that's what would happen. By getting up and starting right now on this small step, you'll get the ball rolling.
These are simple and small examples, yet they all equate to a much bigger impact than you may realize initially. Step outside of your comfort zone and try the opposite of what you've been doing.
"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessing in disguise."