Baby Baby Steps

Energy to do things ebbs and flows.

Sometimes you’ll be able to sprint toward a goal, other times you’ll barely want to crawl.

When the friction to do anything is at its highest think baby-baby steps — ask yourself, “what’s the smallest unit of progress I can make?”

Your answer will probably seem trivial — maybe it’s entering a sentence into a document, or looking up one piece of information.

That’s okay — just do that and, importantly, don’t put yourself on the hook for doing anything after that.

One of two things happen:

You’ll take the baby baby step and still feel sluggish, in which case a break is warranted (everyone needs them).

Or, that tiny step will spur the next step, and the next step, and the next step after that. Maybe the steps stay small; maybe they get bigger — either way, you’ve achieved momentum to propel you forward — all because you took one tiny step forward which is sometimes the hardest thing to do.

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William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (