Many of us live two separate lives. The life we are living and the life we dream of living. Between these two lives is a barrier that prevents us from doing or being the person we want to be. The problem is that our barriers are not concrete, we don’t wake up in the morning to find a brick wall between us and the treadmill, although sometimes I wish there was a physical barrier, at least I can find my way around it. Unfortunately, barriers are embedded deep within us, they are very well camouflaged and can shape shift within our minds in ways so convincing that it can reason like a lawyer. It always promises you the easy way out, the path of least resistance.
It’s taken me five months to write this blog not because I didn’t want to write it, I’ve written it in my head a hundred times, but the barrier always says “Write it down tomorrow”, then 150 tomorrow’s later I’m still convincing myself to write it down another day.
So what’s the solution?
What can we do to overcome these barriers?
What worked for me was to take small simple steps to reach my goal.
I started by jotting down a few ideas on my note pad, the next morning I did a bit of reading and then wrote down a few more thoughts, then I started noticing something interesting, my mind started focusing on the one subject, so I started typing them into my laptop, even though it’s taken me a whole week to write this blog, I got into the small habit of slowly getting it done. Just like a toddler starts crawling, then stands, falls on her bottom a few times then eventually takes her first step and never looks back.
I had an old coffee table that I’ve painted in my mind over and over again. The problem is that no matter how many times I paint it in my head it still looked ugly and didn’t fit with my new lounge suite. Then I said “Just pick up a paint brush and paint it white”, so I did. The next night while watching “The Block” I decoupaged a vibrant sunflower onto it, another night I added a bit more colour and within a few nights I had transformed an old coffee table to a beautiful piece of art that looks like it was made for my new lounge.
I overcame the “Let’s do it tomorrow” syndrome and started with something simple. Small steps and simple changes slowly get you to your final destination. The great artist Vincent Van Gogh once said
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
So why don’t you take a step towards your goal it may be:
- Jumping on to our website https://ninelivesartistry.com.au and grab yourself some supplies to revive that piece of furniture you’ve been putting off for a while
- Make a list of your goals for work, or home and take it day by day step by step
- Get a goal buddy someone you can count on to help get you where you want to be, that will help you be accountable for those times when your brick wall has popped up again!!
Small steps make a big difference over time.