Long View Living, Small Tasks Daily (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 71)
“Never confuse movement with action.”
— Ernest Hemingway
It is easy to get defeated and give up when we can’t see progress or action in our lives. From far away on the ground, it doesn’t look like a plane is flying high in the sky, but it is. However slowly and steadily, it is getting to its destination. We must learn to stay focused on the small things each and every day because it is the small things that make up the long view of life.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The life you want, the goals you want to reach, the dreams you want to realize won’t all materialize in one day either. Don’t get too off the ground with the highs in life and don’t get too under the ground with the lows in life. Find a way to press ahead, to make things happen, to keep looking for, or better yet, creating opportunities, even if there seem not to be any around.
Don’t waste time planning to be the first at something or to succeed at everything. There are plenty of things you will fail at and tons of card houses that will come crashing down. You must focus on the here and now. But if you ONLY focus on the here and now and not on the long term view, you will miss your whole purpose for living. All the success you want, all the money you want to have, all the things you want to create, and all the places you want to go will take time. It will take lots of time, lots of hard work, and lots of going back to square one until you get it right.
Don’t try to do everything all at once. If you attempt to do this, you will burn out quickly and give up faster than you realize. Instead choose to make modest improvements and progress each and every day. One hundred days of one percent improvement each day amounts to one hundred percent progress. Whether it is a project you want to accomplish, a relationship you want to develop, a trait you want to cultivate, an idea you want to bring to fruition, stay focused on each small task that must be done in order for the big task to get completed. Keep your eyes on the goal in front of you. Prioritize your life. Don’t get sidetracked. Refuse to give in to discouragement. In the end, it isn’t the hare who won the race, but the turtle.
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
— Abraham Lincoln