The importance of small steps

You may have seen this meme with the ladder circulating around social media. I love it and refer to it often. I need the gentle reminder – especially when I’m pushing myself uphill to tackle what feels like a mountainous goal. Focusing on small steps when you’re setting goals has a big effect. And, they work especially well as we try to improve our health and quality of life.

Small steps aren’t overwhelming so they’re more likely to stick. So, you are looking at the finish line but, instead of taking on the world all at once, you’re breaking up that humongous goal into more realistic bite-sized pieces.

A small step will invigorate you to keep going. Completing any goal big or small gives you a boost of confidence. A smaller step motivates you when you most need it, keeping you on a trajectory to build on your long-term goal, one small habit at a time.

Small steps get us started. This doesn’t take much explanation except that sometimes we need to simply take a deep breath and courageously take that first step. Don’t think about it, just do it.


The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –Mark Twain


Here’s an interesting article about the effectiveness of small steps from a professor at Wharton.

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