The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. And it’s not enough to simply have a vision. We must start moving – taking as many baby steps as needed to move closer to, and eventually accomplish our goal.
To be sure, big changes can seem overwhelming. And with a long and unpredictable journey ahead, it’s often tempting to not even start. It seems easier to play it safe and take the path of least resistance – to keep doing what we’ve always done.
At other times, in our zeal, we bite off much more than we can chew. While our heart is in the right spot, our efforts are not sustainable. And once we burnout, we conclude it’s not worth trying anymore.
A better approach is remembering the wisdom of baby steps.
Whether we’re seeking to improve our health and fitness or move closer to accomplishing our life’s purpose, baby steps are often the key.
For instance, small consistent changes in our diet are often much more effective than jumping from one fad diet to the next. And there are many small ways in which we can maintain an active lifestyle that doesn’t require us to be in the gym everyday.
Likewise, the good we want to see in the world, or in our relationships, doesn’t have to be accomplished overnight. There’s wisdom in taking our time to build the life and relationships we desire.
Perhaps we spend a season working for someone else on other projects to learn the skills we need to complete the work we’re called to do. Or maybe we accept a season or two in the shallows of our relationships before moving into the deep.
Whatever it looks like, humbly accepting the baby steps of our journey increases our likelihood of success. We remain frustrated when we either try to move too quickly or not at all.
Faithfully commit to the baby steps needed to accomplish all God has given you to do.