Every journey starts with a first step.
That frightening and anxiety-ridden first step. Why do we pause….
- Are we scared
- Are we prudent
- Are we frozen?
I learned that the first thing to do is to reduce the directions to take with the first step. Should I go north, south, east or west. If you know what direction you don't want to go, that increases the possibility of going in the right direction.
OK - how do we take this notion and apply it to our work?
- To do good work, you need to do things you have never done before (take a risk)
- This journey, takes a 'first step'
- Decide what direction you are going to go. This involves deciding such things as:
- What are the company's goals for this journey?
- Who can I get to assist me on my journey?
- How much effort am I willing to put in? Are you all-in or just surviving?
- When is it due? You will need to match the effort to the available time available.
The other item I learned is that you cannot eat an elephant in one bite. What does that mean?
- Break the larger/longer journey into smaller easier trips. Take your project and decompose it into smaller sub-projects.
- Anxiety is reduced when smaller steps and more goals that can be reached are created. Anxiety is what stops us from taking those uncertain steps on the journey.
Your life's journeys need to be nurtured, but can not be fully realized without taking the first step. Take a step today.
David Haynes, PMP, is Director of Consulting at Ideate, Inc. (www.ideateinc.com). David's experience is in providing companies with business process analysis and change implementation. @dhaynestech.