One Step At A Time

The first three weeks of 2018 have been a busy, chaotic, stressful mess so far. The old saying “when it rains, it pours” comes to mind. This saying has been a recurring theme in my life. It’s true in both good times and bad. Days, weeks, or months can pass by in which not much seems to happen. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, everything starts happening at once. It can be very overwhelming.

When I started blogging, I typically wrote something every three days. Lately, I have written less often. I never schedule times to write and never force anything. Whenever I have an idea in mind, I’ll write about it.

Since it has been three days since my last post, I felt like I should write something tonight, but had so many different thoughts running through my mind that I couldn’t decide where to start. I started thinking about everything I’ve had going on in my life lately, and all of the things that are coming up in the near future. This time of year, I always have a lot on my mind. I’ll get to that in a post in a couple of days. When things begin to pile up on me, I tend to freeze, at first. I know what needs to be done, but have a hard time deciding where to start.

While lying in bed tonight and failing miserably in my attempt to fall asleep, a solution came to me that I think I have been overlooking just because it seemed too simple… just take one step in the right direction. Take everything one step at a time. All of the ideas that I want to write about won’t suddenly disappear. I can write about all of them over time. All of the things that have been piling up on me recently will all get worked out. I just need to keep moving in the right direction, one step at a time.

Nowadays, we tend to want things to happen immediately. It’s hard to remain patient when we are waiting for something that we want, or need, to happen. Nothing lasts forever. That is something that is important to remember. When you’re in a situation in life that is frustrating, remember that it’s only temporary. Keep taking steps toward your ultimate goals, and things will eventually turn around. Although it may seem like it sometimes, the whole world isn’t against you. I have had some really promising meetings with people over the past week or so that have given me a lot of hope moving forward. As always, nothing is guaranteed. You have to work hard to make things happen in life. But, it’s a lot easier to stay focused when you are reminded that there is hope. Knowing that there are people who are willing to help you makes any situation easier than if you were trying to get through it on your own. Being reminded that others have been in similar situations and have come out of those situations better and stronger than ever helps to approach the situation confidently.

I need to get better about taking my own advice. This is something I have known for years. I’m great at giving advice to others, but struggle when I face a similar situation. I guess it’s maybe just because it’s easier to see the solution when you’re on the outside looking in than to be in the middle of the situation.

The combination of inexperience, indecision, and procrastination can instantly make any situation more complicated than it needs to be. As stressed out as I have been lately, I can’t help but be excited as I look forward. I am a firm believer that nobody ever does everything solely by themselves. If you look closely at situations in life, there seems to always be somebody else involved in making things happen. I am getting to a point in my life now where everything I’ve ever wanted is pretty much right in front of my face waving at me. With the help of a few people, a few of those things could very easily fall into place. The more I learn about life, the more I realize that certain things need to fall into place before more pieces of the puzzle will fit. It all starts with a single step in the right direction. Dream big. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new that may seem scary. Focus on your ultimate goals, but remember to take everything one step at a time.

Knowing that certain things in life need to happen before more pieces of the puzzle can fall into place, stay tuned for my next post this weekend…

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