Making Baby Steps Work

The start of my blogging career was not an easy one. I couldn’t come up with topics for one blog to keep up posting once a week. It was torturous. I was so wrapped up in learning how to set up the site that I couldn’t focus on writing for the site.

People kept telling me to take baby steps. But, I was feeling my ego. I was smart. I was capable. I had to jump in at the professional level right away. Well, that didn’t work. I languished miserably for a few years.

Making Baby Steps Work

One day, someone asked me (my wife) why I couldn’t focus on doing what is necessary before jumping into the deep end. Let’s just say that this question frustrated me plenty. I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t know enough about writing, let alone blogging, to be confident about the art. Plus, I didn’t want my wife to think I was not capable. Being told that I should focus on something else was an unfounded fear I carried.

I had to learn the basics. A guy who prided himself in being good at anything he touched… had to start from the very beginning. It was humbling. It was embarrassing. It was necessary. The mind plays games with the ego sometimes.

I had to do the actual basics first. I had to learn how the platform worked. I had to find the style that worked for me. I had to learn the tools. I had to get comfortable first before I could pick up the pace. For those who think you can have it all “figured out”… well… I’m still learning so much. I just don’t try to learn it all at once. Growth happens in bits and pieces.

Today, I found a quote

“ Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

This quote landed in my inbox quite randomly. Grateful that someone sent it to me. It captures what I’ve been struggling with for nearly two years now. I’ve had to learn the basics. I had to invest in myself. I had to learn to listen, go find new information. Learn. Crawl slowly. I could barely type out five hundred words in an hour.

However, by tackling the pieces of the puzzle one at a time and slowly getting good at each, I started to move forward. Progress started to be real. Today, I do blog quite a bit, but not yet consistently (enough). I’m also working on a book.

I’m now doing what to me was once seriously impossible. By the way, for the close observers, my blogging will slow down to accommodate the efforts of working on my first book. I’m now learning the skills of batch productions so that the blogs do not seriously suffer when I’m in a zone of creativity for the book. I’ve also stopped working on multiple scripts at once too. I’m working on moving one book at a time to the finish line. See, learning. All of this was seemingly very impossible for me to imagine a year ago, forget thinking about two years back.

What was necessary?

The necessity was learning how to sit quietly and write each day. I had to create the habit of writing daily. I had to stop distracting myself with everything and just sit. I didn’t give up everything. I’m not that type of guy who just does one project only and is motivated by that. I had to be very very strategic about balancing all my interests to create time for deep work on writing. Same can be said for any other project I do.

During my writing time, I only focused on writing. I didn’t worry about the finished product. I just wrote. It was most necessary to learn how to write a complete thought.

In time, it became possible to chain a series of thoughts into an actual meaningful post. I was able to break the five hundred word barrier. Soon, it was looking like I could dream of eventually blogging on a weekly basis.

What I didn’t count on, which seemed extremely impossible, was working on more than one blog for a given week. Today, that is starting to be the norm. I’m getting there. It’s feeling like a lot of fun now that I know how to do these steps on a regular basis. (I won’t belabor the point… batching… batching… batching. I can’t wait to master this skill. Gives the readers the impression that I work on the blog each and every week… {I do but don’t}… while creating time to do the big thinking stuff… like the book. Batch production. Motivational Monday is now being batched most months… as an example)

Motivational Monday

Whatever it is you’re working on, learn the process. Break it down. Keep plugging away. Keep testing. Keep iterating and innovating. In time, what was once impossible to do will be daily common place.

That’s how it was when runners were trying to get to the seven minute mile. Then, that became common place until the six minute mile fell. Then the five minute mile. Now, people are showing that more and more athletes can reach a mile under five minutes. (editorial note… the world record for men is 3:43.13 and for women it’s 4:12.56)

Where there is a will, there is a way.

In reality, the will is only a small part of the equation. Doing something every day towards your goals is way more. It’s a cumulative effect. A compounding of effort. The more you do something, the easier it becomes. That’s human learning. The more you push the limits of what you can do, the larger the limits become. That is why many say the magic happens outside your comfort zone.

The more comfortable you are living outside your comfort, the more things you’re going to be comfortable with. The more things you’re going to be able to do. The more opportunities you’ll be able to capitalize on.

There was a time I could not call myself a blogger. I’m not a daily blogger either. No plans on being such. However, I’ve earned my stripes as one. People do read my posts… my metric for determining if I’m a blogger or not lol.

What are you trying to do this week that will require daily effort to reach? What goals will require you to stretch? Write it down (even if below this post). Then, review it every morning and do something to bring you closer to that goal.

In a month’s time, you’ll be impressed with how far you’ve gotten. Especially compared to the days when you only did a little here and a little there. Consistency pays off.

Go out and make this week super awesome… one day at a time!

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