I love fortune cookies - they are my favorite part of getting Chinese take-out food! The message in my fortune cookie yesterday read: "He who climbs a ladder must begin at the first step."
It reminded me of the more well-known message from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
How often do you get fail to start something because it seems so overwhelming?
Any book on project management or goal setting includes the recommendation to break a big project or goal down into smaller steps to make it more manageable. Once you have outlined the steps, then you actually have to take the first step, however big or small it is.
The next time you are feeling overwhelmed by the project in front of you, or a goal that seems impossible to achieve, just take that first step. You'll feel good that you did and you'll find that it makes taking the next step easier.
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com