Start With Baby StepsJuly 22nd, 2009
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. “
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
If you enjoy weaving dreams and setting goals and then find yourself not knowing where to start, join the club.
Taking the first step towards realizing your goals is not that easy. Knowing where to start can be downright paralyzing. Especially if your goals are lofty, which I highly recommend. (Afterall, what fun is there in chasing a dream that is too easily caught? Sounds like a case of setting low expectations to me.)
Starting with baby steps sounds like good advice unless you’re like me, and you’ve forgotten how to be a baby. So allow me to provide a few examples. While the sample goals below are not meant for children, the steps towards making them come true can provide for a lot of childlike amusement.
Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of getting a tattoo but are afraid of taking the leap (there are more than enough folks to talk you out of this “crazy idea”, right?), get a henna tattoo. Find a little salon that does that cool eyebrow threading thing and inquire whether they can turn you into an Indian prince or princess with henna designs that will fade in a couple of weeks. Good way to test it out. See if you even like it yourself before going for the permanent ink. Watch the tattoo reality shows. Check out tattoo designs online and research parlors with good reviews. The next time you see someone with a tattoo, ask them about it and tell them that you are going to get one soon.
Ever wanted to go to Hawaii? Start dressing in Hawaiian prints and wearing those beautiful flower leis they sell at party supply stores. Dress as if you’re already an island dweller. Keep a 12-month Hawaii calendar in your kitchen. Flip to a different island each month. Swim with the sea turtles as you pencil in your weekly appointments. Buy some Kona coffee at the supermarket. Put pineapple chunks in your salad. Start living as if you’re in Hawaii and let the universe know that you’re serious about your dream.
Harboring a secret fantasy to be able to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on a baby grand, but don’t have the piano or the musical training? Get a cheap electric keyboard or used piano at a garage sale and a piano for beginners instruction book. Schedule in your private lessons with yourself or, better yet, treat yourself to a professional lesson or two. Hang out in piano stores and sit at the baby grands, pretending your in the market to buy (which you are, though maybe not just today). Download classical music on your iPod, close your eyes and move your fingers up and down your air piano while you listen. (Air pianos are just as cool as air guitars. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.) Find a cool artsy poster of a piano player and hang it in your room. Wear some jewelry with piano keys and music notes on them.
These are just a few ideas. I’m not saying they should be your dreams or goals. I’m not saying they’re my dreams or goals. (Then again, I didn’t say they weren’t.) It doesn’t matter. You have your own dreams and deserve to have them come true. Let me say that again. No matter how big or small your dreams are, you absolutely deserve to have them come true. Start living life on the dream path. Put one foot in front of the other and take that baby step.
So what are your dreams? What baby steps can you manage to take on the road to fulfillment? I guarantee that the road definitely gets shorter once you start walking it.
Life is good! Namaste. –Lori