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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

how to be happy #290: dream big

I have a vision board. It's something I look at every day and it helps center me when I'm in my office space.  When I get easily distracted by pandas sneezing, one glance at my vision board is a solid reminder to refocus my energy towards what will help me achieve my goals.

Sometimes goals can seem so out of reach, so beyond what I can accomplish. I like immediate gratification (Hello, Kraft Mac & Cheese) and waiting months or maybe years for a payoff can be hard to imagine. I came across this quote this morning that helped me refocus. I'm adding this to my vision board.

One of my goals, for example, is to lose weight, to get healthy, to gain strength and make my muscles do what they yearn to do. However, when I look at what I need to lose, I get discouraged. Reading this quote, though, helps me to remember that every journey begins with a single step. One pound becomes five becomes ten and so on. One mile of walking with stops for a breather up our hills becomes one miles without stops, becomes running one mile. Big things often have small beginnings, humble beginnings.

There are other things on my vision board. Some of these I have wanted for as long as I can remember. It's so easy to get discouraged and say "Why even bother? It's too much work. I'll never make that happen. . ." This is true as long as I take ZERO steps to making it happen. So, one day I take a few tentative steps and then I reassess. Do I still want that goal? Yes. Great, then take two steps forward. One day, one very perfect, wonderful day, that goal is there right in front of you. The most important thing I have learned is to keep going, push through, focus on the goal. Don't listen to anyone who makes you doubt your goal, regardless of how lofty that is. Dream big. Your beginning may be small, tentative but oh, how amazing that day is when you achieve what you set your mind to do. You have the power to do this. You do.

So, here's to goals and small beginnings!
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