My friend Jessica recently placed as a Runner Up in a photo contest run by Venus Magazine (www.venuszine.com). Out of 1500 entries, her picture of Krispy Kreme doughnuts was one of the 30 finalists they posted online. Go have a look if you want, I’ll wait. Just don’t look on an empty stomach. You have been warned.
Jessica is not (yet) a professional photographer. She doesn’t spend her days setting up photo shoots with food stylists or people stylists for that matter. She’s just a woman with a camera, taking pictures of her world. She doesn’t make a big deal out of it. She just brings her camera with her and takes pictures as she goes.
This was Jessica’s first contest. About three months ago, Jessica and I attended a workshop together – The Change Your Mind Workshop (cymproject.com ) – where we were asked to come up with some small steps towards a goal we wanted to achieve. Among her steps, Jessica told all of us that she wanted to start entering photography contests. Not a huge step in the cosmic sense of things but a totally doable, no-big-deal step. Then she took action — she entered a contest for the first time. And she did quite well.
It is incredible how quickly we can achieve our goals once we get stated. We take a few, consistent, little actions and suddenly we see results much bigger than the size of our steps. That’s how it works–objects in the mirror are larger than they appear.
Tiny steps work the same way compound interest works for your savings. So instead of just getting a little closer by taking a tiny step towards your goal, you get a tiny step x interest towards your goal. The next step you take = (tiny step+the previous tiny step x interest) x interest and the whole thing quickly takes off. In other words, the more tiny steps you take, the greater the momentum you gain towards reaching your goal.
Here are a few tiny step suggestions to get you thinking the right way:
- Spend 10 minutes a day writing your novel
- Go through one pile of papers in your office
- Eliminate one bad-for-you-food out of your diet this month.
- Call one volunteer project in your community and ask for a list of current opportunities.
If you are worried that you don’t have the time or the resources or anything else that will help you take the big steps you need toward reaching a goal or a dream or a lifestyle change, try to remember that you are going about it the wrong way. You only need to see it in terms of tiny, toally doable steps. They get you there faster than you think.
So what are you waiting for? What tiny little step can you take today towards reaching your next big goal?