We’ve talked about breaking things down into attainable goals to help us handle the overwhelm that comes with change. Now I’d like to expand upon that and look at some ways we can use that concept to make challenges seem more manageable. When you’re faced with a big obstacle, you can tackle it much easier when you take on small actions, rather than thinking you have to do it all and make it happen right now. Focusing on one task at a time allows you to slowly chip away on a goal, noticing the progress along the way. Let me demonstrate just how to break it down, from challenge to baby steps.
First, you need to take stock of your situation. Look at the problem. Write down exactly what you need most, what the end goal is. For example, You are expecting a child, but your current space is too small to accommodate everyone, write down your wish list for your new space and when you need it. Now that you know exactly what you’re up against, it’s time to make that major problem and turn it into something manageable.
The next step is to brainstorm. You’ve still got your pen and paper in front of you, so start jotting down any ideas you can think of that can make your problem go away or help you obtain the things you need to do so. In our scenario, to decide the best move fore you, time to write down your options. What scenarios can your come up with: Move into a larger home, move into your parents basement, update current space to accommodate another person, move your home office to an offsite location to make room for the nursery, move into an RV with your little family and travel the country.
After that, assess the solutions you’ve gathered. Write them down in order of which seem the most realistic and easily attainable. Throw out ones that are simply too outrageous. Stick the tricky ones at the bottom of your list.
Now it’s time to make a plan. Start with the first solution, and write out small steps you can take to make that idea a reality. The smaller the better. These tiny actions are easier to approach than your overwhelmingly larger goal. As you complete each one, you’ll start to feel more confident and see your goal coming closer to reality. In our quest for a family friendly living space, you may want to write down just what steps you’ll need to take in order to renovate your existing space – quotes, plans, building permits etc. Start by making a list of what must happen then put it in a timeline. Next decide if you would like to compare this to the cost of moving to a larger home. Write a list for steps needed to determine budget, size and must haves. With each baby step you add to your plan, you’ll see that coming up with the best space for your family is doable – within nine months.
Finally, you’ll add each of these small steps to your date book or calendar. Then take action, marking each off as it’s completed. Before long, you’ll start to move closer toward getting the job done and seeing the positive results.
There’s no need to get stuck in overwhelm when faced with challenges. Breaking it down into baby steps will help you reach the goals you need to overcome nearly any obstacle.
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