When we start a new initiative of any kind, the project often appears like a mountain before us. It’s difficult to grasp the end destination all begins with taking a single step, and then another and another. As we continue moving forward, small changes aren’t initially evident to us. It’s only later, we are able to see results of the cumulative effect.
Have you ever had this experience?
You run into a friend and their children whom you haven’t seen in a while. The first thing you notice is how much the children have grown. Their height and level of maturity since your last encounter is dramatic. The longer the span of time, the harder it is to process these are actually the same kids. The change is measurable.
Contrast this with your own children. You see them every day. While you notice some changes, they’re subtle. You can’t visually distinguish the moment the legs grow longer, yet clearly there are signs. Their clothes no longer fit and they just seem to stand a little taller.
Developing as We Go
We have a similar experience when we tackle a new professional goal, health regimen, or any course of action designed to help us achieve something meaningful.
We start where we are. After designing a plan, we embark on the journey by taking that critical first step. Somewhere along the way as we place one foot in front of the other, momentum kicks in. The more we walk, the stronger our muscles become. Each step builds upon another.
Momentum happens as intentional, repetitive action becomes part of our daily routine. Repetition soon develops into habit.
It’s almost impossible to see what’s happening within us during the process but below the surface transformation is underway.
If our goal is to lose twenty pounds, we won’t be able to see a huge difference at the end of the first day or two. Even after we’ve given it tremendous effort, the scales and image in the mirror look the same. Only with focused persistence will the weight eventually come off.
We don’t notice those gradual changes and it can be frustrating, even disheartening. We must recognize the big difference comes with the many subtle shifts. Remembering this helps us stay focused on the task at hand.
The vision of the top of the mountain pulls us forward while our habits push us to keep going. By the time we reach the peak, we may not even recognize who we were when we began.
Enjoy the journey. You have the power to transform your life if you just keep going.