In the beginning, it can be tempting to dive headfirst into the newness of something - be it a relationship, job, fad, or intentions. The truth is, it does not have to be all or nothing. Beginning is only part of the process.
It’s possible to ease your way into the new year with intention AND ALSO not feel anxious or overwhelmed about the days ahead. You can take small steps forward in writing and life.
HOW TO DO IT
Try this approach to whatever new thing you are facing:
SET PRIORITIES. Simply write a list of three tasks you want to accomplish.
TAKE SMALL STEPS. For each item on your list write the first thing you can do to accomplish your task. Not all the things, just the first thing.
FIND A RHYTHM. Do the first thing. And when you are done, reprioritize and take another small step - forming a rhythm.
HOW TO USE IT
I wrote about climbing Mt. Fuji, here.
When I was invited to visit Japan, I dreamed of watching the sunrise from the top. I did some research and prepared my body for the weather, the time, and the physicality of the task. When I arrived in Fujiyoshida, nothing could have prepared me for the reality of the mountain I was facing.
For a minute, the enormity of it was overwhelming. But I was promptly reminded that climbing a mountain only meant putting one foot in front of the other.
It’s like that in writing and life. All you really need are small steps and a rhythm to get you where you are going.