Small Steps Matter

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 | by Brenda Stanton

“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.” ~Peter Cohen

As I mentioned in last week’s article, ff you’re creative, you’re most likely impatient.

Impatient to make things happen. Impatient to allow things to happen. Impatient to realize your full potential.

You most likely feel – each and every day – that you need to “get there” – wherever “there” is – you need to be there, pronto.

What most of us aren’t taught however is that there is no “there” – there is no destination that once we get to it, it’s all done.

There will always be more. More desire. More things to do. More things to achieve. More things to realize. And yes, more things to overcome and grow from.

So, what if, rather than feeling a daily pressure to “get there”, you allowed yourself to realize that you’re in the place where you need to be that is preparing you for the next step and the next stage.

Anyone who coaches with me knows, I’m a huge proponent of having a BIG Vision – a long-term idea of where you desire to be in the long-term (typically 3-5 years from now). I give clients the permission to DREAM BIG about this vision and “not know” how in the world it would ever manifest. I always say – if you’re giggling while writing, you’re on the right track.

But I’m also just as much a proponent of allowing yourself to focus on where you are today – what’s in front of you right now, and realizing it’s a stepping stone to where you’re going.

To help you balance where you are now while you’re on the way to where you’re going, check-out the Worthy Work below.



Slow and steady does win the race. Remember, it takes 10 years to be an overnight success. Here are some more reminders to honor where you are while allowing yourself to continue to dream about where you’re going:

Have A BIG Vision:Having a vision is very different than having a plan. Remember, if you know the “how”, you don’t have a vision you have a plan. Allow yourself the opportunity to sit down and DREAM BIG about things you’ve always wanted to do for your entire life (not just work) and how you yearn for your life to look and your time to feel. Imagine this vision as manifesting 3-5 years out – what do you desire it all to look like. Be very specific and use all your senses when writing. Give yourself about a month to do this – trust me, you’ll be so happy you did it.

Have a Practical Plan: After you write your vision, you can keep it somewhere that you can easily access it to remind yourself of all the specifics – but also keep in a place where you won’t feel pressured by it. Then, access where you are right now and what things you need to be taking care of, at a practical level to put you on the path to where you’re going. Most people realize they need a financial plan – they need to institute a personal spending plan and figure-out what they need to save. Others realize relationships and situations that are unhealthy have to be dealt with. Whatever it is for you – give yourself an entire year (yes, an entire year), to deal with it. Document your top 3 priorities and make daily progress on each one. Imagine you have 3 clear jars that represent your 3 priorities and your goal is to put a jelly bean in each one, each day.

Have Fun: In order to enjoy the process and balance where you are and where you’re going, it’s so important to have fun and enjoy each day. For many of us, fun is the last thing that gets noted on the vision – or gets incorporated into the plan – but it truly is the one essential ingredient you need to stay motivated, energetic and feeling alive. If having fun – which includes creative self-expression – isn’t one of your top 3 priorities, I highly recommend making it one. What can you do each day that has an aspect of fun. Simple things like listening to your favorite music, playing with your dog, talking with a funny friend – pay big dividends. Give yourself permission to have fun and be kid-like – you’ll be happy you did.

These are very “simple” tips but important reminders – especially for those of us who are type-A, motivated “workers” – but feel restless and impatient because your creative muse is getting smothered by the day-to-day responsibilities. This week’s article is here to remind you to let that muse come out and play and keep her/him in the light permanently.




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