Today, let’s talk baby steps.
Society has taught us to be fixated & obsessed with immediacy. We want things & we want them now.
We’ve been taught to strive to master the rest of our lives overnight.
We’ve been taught to make drastic decisions & changes that are foreign to us just because we “have to”.
Truth be told, we all need a reality check.
In life, you don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward.
Life is a series of millions of baby steps that, when added up, bring you closer to your “destination”, whatever it may be (whether it’s giving up something or someone, working your way to recover from an illness or trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle).
Progress has little to do with speed, but more to do with direction.
Success is a series of small wins.
Success is a staircase, not a doorway. You don’t just walk right into it. You walk and work your way TOWARDS it.
As cliché as it sounds, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Truth is, nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter. The only person in control of what will be handed to you is YOU.
But in having that control, you must also accept that it won’t happen overnight.
You must learn to value consistency. Consistent baby steps are more valuable than huge strides, especially strides that your body, mind or both are simply not ready for.
Sometimes, the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.
As I sat in my therapist’s office on February 7, 2017, I took a baby step: I agreed to follow a meal plan (that I’ll admit, scared the shit out of me, that I was afraid I’d never be able to respect & that was so out of line with what I’d been used to) in order to attempt to recover from my eating disorder.
The next baby steps?
- Following it.
Look where I am today.
Almost 9 months later.
Recovered. Happier & Stronger than ever.
And here to testify TO YOU & to the fact that you don’t need to put pressure on yourself or create unrealistic standards to arrive at your destination.
Take it one day at a time.
Make small changes, work on & change your thoughts slowly, commend yourself for your achievements, learn from your downfalls but get back up.
And always remember that if today, you’re better than yesterday, cherish it.
Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
EVERY JOURNEY NEEDS A FIRST STEP (& nobody or nothing should have the power to tell you how big or tiny that step needs to be).
What matters is that you take it.