You can move a mountain one pebble at a time.
A journey begins with a single step.
I have some projects that have been on my to-do list for a while. A long while. I’m talking a year or more. I struggle to begin these projects because I know I won’t be able to finish them in one sitting.
I don’t want to move a mountain one pebble at a time. Not even by a handful of pebbles at a time. I want to move it by boulders or whatever is bigger.
Since I know it’s not possible to start and finish these projects in a day, I do nothing.
I know it’s not rational. But I can’t break the rut in my thinking I can’t do that thing yet because I don’t have the days to devote to it. So I continue to make no progress.
I know this thought pattern does not help, but I can’t seem to break it.
Recently, I restarted reading “You’re Going to Be Okay” by Holley Gerth. Her statement about change is beginning to impact my thinking rut:
As long as we demand perfection from ourselves, then, ironically, we will make little progress. When we lift those demands, then God can move us forward.
I realize that as long as I continue to believe I can’t do that large project unless I can devote huge chunks of time to it, I won’t be able to move forward.
I must change my thought pattern to It’s okay to do a little at a time. It’s okay if I don’t get it done in one sitting.
As I read my words, my internal dialog blasts me with objections.
But that’s not how Sally does things. That’s not the perfect way. It’s not satisfactory unless it can be completed from start to finish without interruptions.
It’s these objections that hold me hostage, that prevent my progress.
It’s time I give myself permission to change my thought patterns, to challenge these objections.
It is time to make pebble-sized progress.