“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
When you’re working towards your Big Vision for your work in the world, it’s really normal to have periods where you feel:
- Overwhelmed by how much you need to do.
- Paralyzed ’cause you don’t know how you’re going to get from A to B.
- Afraid to commit to one direction in case you make the wrong decision.
- Unclear about what to do because the future feels uncertain.
If you’re having trouble taking action towards your Big Vision for any of these reasons, try to take a small step each day in your best guess towards the “right” direction till you regain momentum.
Give this a whirl:
- Write your Big Vision for your work in the world at the top.
- Each workday ask, “What is my next small step? You should be able to do it that day.
- Write it down.
- Do it.
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