Sunday, August 30, 2020

August 30--Baby Steps

A goal without a plan is just a wish.  --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    The plan can be big or the plan can be small, but it's essential if we truly intend to accomplish something. I've achieved a lot of goals in my lifetime, and I'd say the one big takeaway from all of it is "baby steps." Small steps, taken consistently, are the key to completing a goal. I have a dear friend who dreamed of moving to Bali from Chicago. We spoke a lot about baby steps. He started figuring out those steps, completed them all over a couple of years, and now is happily living in Bali. That's no small goal, moving to the other side of the world. Baby steps, baby!
    Anyone who has ever had the goal of starting a business knows you don't just walk into a lending institution and get a loan without a detailed business plan. One works with an advisor to create a proper curriculum plan in order to get a college degree. One doesn't achieve the goal of recovery in the 12-Step programs unless they work the plan, i.e., the 12 steps. 
    Oh, yes, I've had wishes too. One has been to have a second home on a body of water. That's not happened, because I've never made any actual steps in that direction. Clearly it hasn't been all that important to me. Our priorities are clearly shown by our willingness to make plans and take baby steps. 
    One step at a time,

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