Start With Little Steps!
“And it came to pass when Pharoah had let the people go, that God led them not through the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt” ~ Gen 13:17
Some years back, I was tired of being ridiculed for my ‘flat chest and straight arms’. I wanted to be muscular too like other guys, with six-packs🤦🏿♂. So I told my colleague in my place of work to fabricate a metal bloc for me to be lifting. In a bid to get quick results, I turned down the counsel to start with little steps. I boasted to everyone that cared to listen that I will be physically fit and in perfect shape in three months. “If there was anything I am good at is to be consistent in what I have made up my mind to do”, I strutted.
Men and brethren, in less than three weeks, I fell sick and was told that the stress was because of the weight lifting. And that was the end of the road for my ‘weight lifting career’. I concentrated in building the muscles of my mind to cover the deficiency of my body.🤪
God understood perfectly the human nature of getting discouraged when faced with extreme difficulty in a new field, task, or appointment. He knew that the tendency to throw in the towel and quit is almost a certainty when one encounters difficulties in a new endeavour. That was why he ensured that the children of Israel avoided launching their new life outside of Egypt with a war. And when the children of Egypt still tried to bring the discouragement by chasing the Israelites, He had to defend them in such a way that they got the victory without swinging a sword!
In our desperation to succeed, we make the mistake of bitting more than we can chew. This usually result in mistakes, frustrations, and regrets.
There is a worrisome statistics that 80 per cent of new year’s goals don’t get to the month of March. It is often said that by February, they have started defaulting in what they planned to do. And by the month of March, the whole ‘goal thing’ is thrown out of the window.
Now, you can join the 20 per cent that push the goals further by taking on the low hanging fruits. The successes you record with those baby steps will spur you to go further. And in a matter of time, you will be at the peak you once felt was impossible.
Don’t start with the tough task, it will drain you and leave you disheartened.
Don’t trivialise those baby steps, as it is the needed stability for steady growth.
To your success!
Author of “The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader”.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.