A single step...
Many have heard of the Lao Tzu saying, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." For me the primary meaning of this quote seems to be that a big endeavour should be seen incrementally as a series of actions rather than as a monumental task. Another important idea that Lao Tzu seems to be trying to convey is that the decision - the first step- to take on a big enterprise is the hardest part, involving the most courage.
I have been thinking about this a lot recently as I work with high school students deciding on where to go to college, college graduates weighing different job opportunities, empty nesters wondering what is next and myself, starting a new niche of my coaching business.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by a big edeavour such as going off to school, getting a new job or starting a business. The array of things to be learned, changes to be made and the seeming great significance of the undertaking can all be daunting.
But we can compartmentalize the steps while always being clear on what the goal is. If the task is broken down into a series of actions executed one at a time, it makes the goal more manageable. We should not let the seeming enormity of the goal get in the way of seeing the incremental, deliberate and relatively easy steps needed to acheive the goal.