Recently my client was stressing out about having everything in on time for her 2017 tax records and declared how unorganised she was due to being so busy. She was so embarrassed and she didn’t know where to start – what would her accountant think of her!? My advice to her was to brush her teeth!
Start. Unfortunately, in this world, more things are said than done and whilst people have many good intentions and many good objectives, they don’t know where to start. My advice is to start with the small stuff and do that well. Brush your teeth.
Brushing your teeth is symbolic for doing something simple, easy and one that will make us feel good for the day and encourage us to do more complex and challenging things.
Do the little things well as they all add up to big things – but big things in your life won’t be achieved until you are good at doing the little things – so brush your teeth!
Energy creates momentum, momentum creates action, and action creates results – and action is the stuff of well-being! For many of us, the initial challenge is to create that energy. To take that first step along the journey that turns into the path to our destination.
Yet taking that first step – doing the little things is extremely daunting for some people. “What if I fail?” “What will other people think of me?” “How will I ever be attractive to anyone else if I always fail?” and even “I don’t know where to start!”
This thinking style and its associated limiting beliefs are dangerous to our well-being. Many of us overthink – many of us worry – to the extent that we are unable to take that first critical first step and do the little things.
Unless we can manage it, there are consequences from over thinking – and they’re not good. Overthinking leads to anxiety, depression and sometimes even to death.
Stop thinking and just do. I have a strategy that I get my clients and friends to practice. I call it my strategy of imperfect implementation – just do. In simple terms, it’s just about giving it a crack – whatever “it” is. The good thing about this strategy and in fact life is that if the initial attempts fail, you can always “give it another crack.” There are, after all, very few things in this life that we can’t change or even if needed – start all over again. We just need to get over ourselves and do.
It’s all about taking committed action – but as always, the challenge is where to start. What is the little thing that I should do first – that first step.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you – but you can! All you have to do is to pause, listen to your intuition and do. I think the power of gut instinct or “trusting your gut” is underplayed and undervalued. Somehow, we have lost that sense of backing yourself – most probably through fear, anxiety, disappointment, bruised ego, or these things. Yet, it is the simplest strategy to use to create that required energy.
Ask yourself, ‘What is the one thing I can do right now to move in the direction that I want to go?” and make the answer practical. Don’t use words like “Develop motivation” or “Find my path.” While these are necessary things to do, they are not practical – they are aspirational. Think – what’s that one thing you can do right now that moves you in your direction. What is the one thing my client could do to work towards resolving her taxation records and issues. I know – book a meeting with her accountant to discuss the situation and work out a strategy.
Don’t say – I am going to write a book – say (and do) I am going to write 700 words! On your journey, don’t seek perfection – that will come later. Seek and do action.
Do these little things well. Doing little things well adds to your pride and self-worth and increases your confidence so that you can take the next step. Before you know it, you will find yourself much closer to the big things.
So, trust your gut, back yourself, take one step, do it well and then take another step. If by chance you don’t succeed, take a breath, go home and relax. At least you have clean teeth!! And prepare for the next day. So, brush your teeth!