“I remember back when I used to write academic articles for work, I had to write somewhere around 3000 words per article and I felt as though I could never make it before the deadline. So I thought of it as 500 words, six times, as if that would make it any easier. But it’s surprising how thinking of something really huge as just a bunch of small steps makes it look a whole lot easier from where you stand at the moment. So, a few days ago, when my friend was stressing about meeting the deadline, I told her to do this, and I don’t know what happened after, but I think that everybody needs to look at their big goals as a bunch of smaller steps leading up to something much better. Here’s another fun comparison! You know how we end up having to hit backspace a bunch of times because we frequently make errors? Yeah, that’s how the journey towards your goal looks like. Sometimes, you have to take a couple of steps back here and there because it’s better to take a step back and assess the situation before going ahead. I would know, I write every single day and my monkey-brain ends up making a lot of errors. It happens when I make art, as well (thank the software for the undo option!). It’s alright to break things down and work on a much bigger picture, one part at a time, the same way we write things one word at a time. Looking at something from afar, it may seem big and unapproachable, but when you see it up close, it really isn’t as intimidating as it seems. It applies to almost everything in life and I think that it’s a pretty handy thing to keep in mind for all those times when we stress ourselves out about how we’re going to meet a very tight deadline. If people can walk long distances and scale the tallest mountains in record time, you can handle a couple of tight deadlines. Sure, things are much bigger than you, but hey, it’s not impossible to scale them!”
This is a great insight. I’ve been struggling with a large writing gig and this mode of thinking will definitely help. Thanks for writing this!
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I’m glad it helps!
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