I have a lot of ideas.
Ideas come with the territory of being a creative person.
Sometimes, my ideas are spur of the moment and on a small scale. Saturday, my grand idea was to simply get a spray tan. After two days of gray skies and rain, I needed some sunshine and as I wasn’t getting any from Mother Nature, I found some courtesy of a Versaspa booth at Suntan City.
A lot of my ideas are big in nature, however. Ideas floating around in my head right now range from a gallery wall in my bedroom to a brand new side business venture. A lot of these ideas are fleeting. They sound like a great idea today. Tomorrow, they lack the same shine. By next week, they will be long forgotten.
Other ideas stick around. Those are the ideas I pay attention to. If they nag me, work their way into my thoughts on a regular basis, I know those ideas matter. Those are the ideas I need to run with.
With a schedule full of work, barre, Junior League, and social events, I don’t have the chance to sit down with those ideas and forge them into a reality. In a perfect world, I could tuck away in my bedroom or claim space at a coffee shop and work for hours to make them into a reality. That isn’t in my schedule, though. I’m blessed in the fact that I have to trade off things I love to do things I love. Not everyone can say that.
But, there lies one of my challenges – time.
When I have these big ideas that I get passionate about, I like to make them happen right now. I don’t like to wait. I like to throw myself into them and see them through. I get frustrated when I can’t do that. I find myself stressed out, or (and) neglecting other things that need to be a priority. Because of this, I adopted a new philosophy:
Little by little.
More and more, I realize that the big things come from a series of little things – small actions add up to big results. It’s stealing pockets of time here and there to do something towards an end goal.
Its taking/teaching a barre class at 6AM instead of 6PM to have the evening hours to devote to blogging, writing, reading, or even chores. It’s taking the hour between the time I get home and the time I leave for a Junior League meeting to walk Knox, unload the dishwasher, and open up a Word document to write for 30 minutes. It’s waking up early on a day off to blog.
A manuscript isn’t written in a day. A website – at least a good one – isn’t built in a weekend. A page typed here, a plugin added there, it all adds up to something bigger – a finished project. When things aren’t moving along as fast as I would like, I remind my self of that: little actions add up to big results.
Its like we like to say in barre: “little movements, big results.”
I do still give myself deadlines, but I keep them small: have this many pages written by this day; meal prep on Sunday to have dinner taken care of through Thursday. If I don’t meet them, it’s okay. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s a word document.
Little by little, my big dreams are being realized.
I just have to think small – and keep dreaming big.