If you haven’t read the last two articles, it’s highly encouraged as this is part of a series of building your confidence.
“Momentum is real. Build it in every step.”
Like we discussed the first step is the hardest. Now that you’ve started you have to decide to halt your progress. And that’s what most do.
Taking the next step
After the first step, they believe they completed their ultimate goal which is far from the truth. You have to set your second, third, and fourth step immediately after completing phase one.
Step one is far from your goal, but it shouldn’t be now from your second goal, and that’s where people get lost. They get the hit of dopamine, that feeling of satisfaction after goal one and decide it’s enough. Then go back to there old ways to try again later, a vicious cycle.
Avoiding your old ways
That’s not going to be you!
Because you’ll set, you’re second, third, fourth, and fifth step towards your goal immediately. Using the same framework as before and taking a small measurable value up from step 1 and setting that goal.
So awesome, you made $5 more this month or lost 2 pounds in a week. You’re a killer! But predators never stay satisfied. So lets up the stakes. Now make $20 more dollars then $50 more than $75 more. Now lose 4 pounds, 5 pounds, 7 pounds.
$0 to $100 is a big jump. But $5 to $20 is a simple step. Make them simple, doable, and building on your day off progress. Take each step and celebrate each step and continuously add another step afterward. That’s your award.
This morning felt like the most challenging day thus far. I didn’t want to move upon waking, didn’t want to struggle my way out of bed. I just wanted to lie there for the next three months asleep when this is all over, and I can go back to using my hand.
Pain in the process
It hasn’t become the pain or the healing process that’s the hardest. It’s become the mental fatigue to keep on what I’m doing to heal correctly. I was instructed to keep my fingers straight and not let them rest of dangle 24/7. By the time I woke up this morning my fingers were shaking of exhaustion. I’ve also been instructed to keep my hand above my heart 24/7 for the next 2-3 weeks to reduce swelling. My arm and shoulder being in constant strain to keep it up.
And with that, yesterday’s quote is unraveling before my eyes. The pain isn’t in the actual accident or cut of my hand. But it resides in the recovery and the steps I’m taking to make progress, grow, and come back stronger than ever. So today’s quote comes from a childhood favorite movie that dives deeper than you realize.
“Just keep swimming.”
The hero is consistent
Naturally not actually, because with my hand I can’t swim right now. But emotionally, mentally, and physically keep moving and progressing. Through you trails, theirs going to be moments where you feel like giving up, throwing in the towel, and riding the more natural wave back to shore. When those come up, don’t make any dramatic decisions. Don’t try to be the hero to bring up some insane motivation to bring you to the next level. It’ll only fade and bring you crashing right back down.
Take the simple steps
All you need to do is just keep swimming. Take the simple necessary steps towards progress to get yourself moving, and that’s it. Because each little paddle towards your ultimate goal will end up snowballing into even greater. Take the simple steps, one step at a time.