Start Now

“Six months from now, you’ll wish you started today.” A friend has that quote hanging over her desk. To illustrate it, she showed me before and after pictures from her first six months of weight training. “Because the changes are too small to see from day to day.”

What a timely message. Fall, back-to-school time, has always been a time of new beginnings for me. Almost halfway through August, with school right around the corner, I’m ready to start something new. That something could be a project or a practice, big or small. Like my friend, the changes and progress will be slow. Possibly even invisible at times. And that’s okay. Change doesn’t have to look huge to be meaningful. As long as there’s movement, one step at a time, in the direction of your goal, you can be confident that you will get there.

One step at a time is the key because it implies that the steps keep happening. I like to say that I work to deadlines. That’s procrastinator-speak for waiting until the last moment and doing it in a rush. But not everything can be done in a rush. Even with help, some things take as long as they take. An old boss of mine used to say that three women can’t have a baby in three months. So give yourself enough time. Make an appointment with yourself. Then show up and do it. Every day. A little at a time.

In the spirit of fall, I’m pulling out the knitting needles and yarn for twenty minutes every evening. I won’t need the before and after photos because if all goes well, in six months I’ll have a shawl. What about you? What are you starting?


Comments

  1. That’s what it’s all about: starting and keeping it small. I think it’s good to remember that we don’t need devote hours to something we’d like to do. All we need to start with is 10 minutes, or 5 even, and then let momentum keep us going.

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