The alarm goes off and you wake up to the sun sending out an orange glow. Your alarm clock shows 6:30. You blink, sit up on your bed, and then, you groan. Another day. . .
If I was reading a book, I would say that was a pretty bad start. All that beautiful graphic description only to end the sentence with a ‘groan’.
Sounds a bit familiar, doesn’t it? This a chapter in life for me too at times. You make that ‘groan’ because you are tired of going through the same mechanical steps every day. You want ‘change’. It’s normal human behavior.
But today I would like share with you why all this is important. Where and how you start is always important. How you go the distance is important. And the step before the last is just as important as the last step.
That’s why I want to talk to you about staircases.
When I learn about a new topic in Math at school, they first give me the easy stuff to work out on, before I move onto those problems that takes a significant quadrant of my clock. But most of the time I just skip those easy problems. Soon I find that I don’t have the interest to go through the tough problems. This is a mistake I’ve made again and again. You’ve got to enjoy and value the experience you get from doing the easy problems in life, to get boosted for the tough ones. You need all the motivation you can get. When you win a race. You say to yourself: ‘Good job, buddy. Way to go.’
But when you’ve brushed your teeth, you never say that to yourself.
In other words, you congratulate yourself on what you feel requires effort and determination.
Result: You’ve just forgotten to stock up your motivation.
Take the example of a staircase:
The distance from the first and the last step varies from staircase to staircase. But there is a rule that every staircase in the world follows. the distance between one step and the next is the same throughout. The distance between the first and the second step, is the same as that of the last step and the step before it. The effort increases but with each step you cover the same distance. The motivation you get from moving up the first step helps you to tackle the next.
Remember that time when you were out of breath with one more step to go?
Remember how you pulled on, telling yourself that it was just another step like the one you were standing on right then?
That’s just it !
When you did that easy problem, you were covering the same distance you covered when you did that tough problem. You were just breathless to note that down.
When you climb up taking two steps a time, it requires much more effort in the end. The effort you put in at the end depends on how you value those steps you sometimes chose to climb over.
I’ve seen this in many successful people. When you take it one step at a time, value it and enjoy it, you learn to enjoy all your victories equally and this prevents you from ever stopping what you do best because you keep on aiming for another victory. You never make the mistake of thinking you’ve become the best you could be. You focus on the small steps.
Take it one step at a time and learn to value it. Each step is important.
So, keep those groans out of your life.
Remember, it’s another step. Learn to value it.