We all have lofty ideas of “the next best thing”. I want to be the next Facebook. I want to direct like Spielberg. My idea is better than Groupon. We are all still looking for that get rich quick scheme that is going to take us to the top. And although the idea that we have might have some merit, sometimes keeping your eyes focused on something so big is detrimental to us actually getting there. Sometimes in order to reach these huge goals, we don’t need a big break, but a small step.
A chef doesn’t start off wanting to own restaurants all over the world, he wants to make one dish the best dish he’s ever made. A teacher doesn’t think about the number of students that he will educate in his lifetime, but focuses on giving the best education to the students in his class today. A doctor doesn’t start off focusing on the cure for cancer, she is focused on one cell and getting that one cell to react to her treatment.
Actor Will Smith talked about a project that his dad gave to him and his brother when they were little; to build a wall. The boys said it would take forever, but they started anyway. He said, “… But you aren’t focused on the wall everyday, you are focused on laying one brick perfectly, one day at a time. And eventually, you’ll have a wall.”
It’s ok to think big and have huge goals, I actually encourage that. But when you are starting out on a new goal, to ensure that you maintain all the way through to your destination, it helps to start small. A single step.
“If you want to be a Rockstar, the first step is learn how to rock.”