jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

One foot forward

“Courage is grace under pressure.”
― Ernest Hemingway

It sounds easy...to put one foot forward...and then the next, but, too often, we end up going around in circles, retracing our steps or standing still.

The metaphor is, of course, the metaphor but for so many people, particularly those whose souls have been eviscerated on the material plane, it's often the only way they know.

If you've followed my writing for any length of time, you'll know I'm an advovate of kaizen or the law of marginal gains. Why? Because, in the end, a tiny step forward, if repeatedly done, is better than nothing at all.

The thing is, action abets action; likewise inaction abets inaction, which abets stasis.

In the past, I know I've bitten off the largest project possible and then attacked it with gusto and zeal, but over the course of my life, I now see that that's not the right way to approach things. All it does is breed procrastination, particularly in the face of adversity or something more interesting.

If you've something you want to achieve this year (I've a few things in mind), let me lay down my own marker that showing up and doing a little bit will not just see progress but energise you into believing that anything is possible.

Onwards...forever onwards.


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