An old proverb say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
My take on that proverb, at least according to the inner voices that sometimes play in my head, is that the journey of a thousand miles is a long way, so why even start?
Launching a blog has been one of those journeys. Every time I worked up the courage to try, my self doubt would kick in, telling me how hard it would be. You’re not a social media guru or an IT expert, the voices said. Besides, who cares what you have to say?
Then came two fundamental shifts that made me realize the journey was worth taking.
The first was when I came across a resource from virtual mentor Michael Hyatt about how to set up a blog in 20 minutes. Surely I could do 20 minutes. I took a small step, watched a video, followed the steps, and the Creative Crosswalk blog was born.
The second shift happened when I discovered the power of micro movements. SARK, in her book Make Your Creative Dreams Real, defines a micro movement as “a very tiny action, 5 seconds to 5 minutes in length, that you can do to take action toward achieving a creative dream.”
SARK gives an example of knitting a sweater. Instead of trying to knit the whole sweater in one setting, she breaks the project down into more manageable pieces. Maybe one day she researches patterns, the next day she picks out yarn, the next she enrolls for a knitting class, and finally, after completing a series of micro movements in preparation, she sits down to knit the sweater, though she may only get as far as one sleeve.
Using micro movements is the same strategy I used to move the blog from the abstract to reality. Once I invested the initial 20 minutes in the startup, I made a list of other tasks to be completed which required a much smaller investment of time. Suddenly, five minutes here to add a Twitter feed to the site and ten minutes there to learn how to schedule a post for later delivery paid off.
I quickly discovered that there is always a small pocket of time available each day for one small improvement. More importantly, I realized that if I would have waited until the blog site was perfect, I never would have started. But by taking action, I learned that done is better than perfect, and that sometimes you have to trust the road and enjoy the journey, one tentative but brave step at a time.