I think that our friendly advice columnist, Ann Landers, is on to something very helpful here. She’s given us two lessons for the price of one quote. That’s pretty good!
The first lesson is in how we train ourselves to be successful.
We start small. Take a little task, an easy task, and do that. Then do it again. We’re practicing doing new things and getting things done. As we do that, we build confidence.
That’s important, because we’ll need it as we move on to bigger tasks.
Some people start with a big task and then get discouraged because it was harder then they expected. Break it down into little pieces. Train for success.
The second lesson she’s teaching us is to grow. Don’t stick to easy tasks, push and challenge yourself as you go along.
If all the things you do are easy enough to do right the first time, you’re not growing. Take bigger bites. Stretch yourself so that sometimes you have to start over.
That’s OK, it’s not a failure. It’s a learning experience.
You’ll be surprised how far you can grow in a year with this process. Try, push, learn, grow.
It’s the only way anyone has ever done it! That’s the secret.