“Well….certainly I can do this ONE little thing…..” …encouraging and motivating oneself…

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How to “get oneself going?”
How to jump start some momentum?
How to find ways to get started
when the “task” is realistic and manageable?
How to give oneself a “green light”…
a signal that it’s okay to “go”
A good start…a green light…
might be to reassure oneself…
“certainly, I can do this…..”
this= one little, first step
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Sometimes, I have a hard time “getting myself going”.  I might come up with lots of seemingly “valid reasons” or rationalizations about why I can’t do something or don’t particularly “feel like” or “want to” do something…those “reasons” can function like stoplights…big, bright, red stoplights… for one’s energy and motivation!

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 I’ve noticed, however,  that if, or when, I  “get myself going,” I often gain some momentum, and then “keep going”….but getting started can be a challenge.  So…a simple little statement I say to myself seems to help…. just to think about one tiny, little first step…

“Certainly, I can do this…..”
this first little step

…simply reassuring myself that I can take one very simple little action….maybe as little as putting a few pens back into a drawer….just taking one little “step”…doing “one little thing….”

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And, of course, any project or undertaking is a series of “one little things”….one leading to the next, leading to the next….a series of simple little “things…”

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a path consisting of many “one little thing’s”…
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It’s a bit like teaching little kids…encouraging a little bit at a time…to just get started…one little action being a “jump start” to get the momentum going… reassuring oneself…

“well, certainly I can do this….”
this one little step

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13 Responses to “Well….certainly I can do this ONE little thing…..” …encouraging and motivating oneself…

  1. sufilight says:

    This is a wonderful motivator for me! I will take that little step and remember the colorful images you shared. By the way, i am reading from my cellphone and the post looks very pretty. 🙂

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  2. leah77 says:

    This reminds me of the children’s joke: How do you eat an elephant?
    Answer: One bite at a time.
    It’s true. Every great task is a series of small tasks. I can do that!
    Great one!!!

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  3. nrhatch says:

    Exactly the approach I took with myself yesterday. I’ve been putting off sorting through the linen closets. I convinced myself to start ONE shelf at a time. I promised myself that I could stop after ONE shelf if I wanted . . . of course, I didn’t. That ONE shelf looked so good that I did another and another and another.

    In the end, BOTH linen closets, AND the kitchen pantry, AND the walk in closet in the Guest Room got straightened up. RAH!

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    • Wow…Nancy, congratulations! Isn’t it remarkable how once one gets going…that energy can continue!…and WOW!…you sure did continue!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! A few days ago, after reading your post about getting rid of stuff, I got inspired to get take a big bag of good, but unneeded, books to the library sale donation spot, convert a huge bag of coins at one of those machines….I wonder if I’ll catch that energy again today???…watch out closets….here comes Kathy! 😀

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    • nrhatch says:

      Woo Hoo! Go you! I love transforming collected coins into “spending money.” We used to keep pennies in a BIG (5-gallon) jar. Now I keep a small quart jar on my desk for coins of all denominations.

      When it’s full, we trade it in and splurge on something FUN (like FOOD).

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      • The coins added up to 80 dollars…a big, heavy bag! … I went to Jamba Juice, Noah’s bagels….and grocery shopping…bought some yummy, more expensive (but healthy) foods than I’d normally buy. And today…no closets for me. I found an online diagram/flow chart creating site and spent the day trying to learn to create diagrams with it…it’s challenging, but fun! http://www.gliffy.com/ Unfortunately, I seem to have the wrong password and can’t get back into the site to access what I created. (I wrote password down, but now it doesn’t work!) Looks like I need to go back to a site I signed up for yesterday… Luminosity…a memory development program that seems enjoyable, manageable and intriguing…I’m on day 2 …. http://www.lumosity.com/
        I wonder where I’ll wander tomorrow????

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  4. Robin says:

    Excellent reminder, especially now that I’m embarking on another long challenge. One little step at a time. I can do that. 🙂

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  6. It’s just one little step after another… and wow…another positive challenge…that’s wonderful!

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