Is there something you’d like to do in your life that you feel you can’t? That’s a pretty crummy, powerless feeling, wouldn’t you agree? Well I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN . Though it may seem daunting and impossible, and require more courage than you might currently think you have, it is possible. How do you make an impossible thing a possibility? One way I found is by breaking it down into the tiniest of steps, even smaller than “baby steps”. I’ve heard them called micro-steps. Doesn’t just the idea of a micro-step leave you feeling better? For me it takes the stress and fear away.
Here’s an example from my own life. I recently had to get my severely autistic son ready for a surgery and a one day hospital stay. The idea of this terrified me, and my initial thought was, “this is not happening”. Then I realized that thoughts like that were not going to help me or my son navigate through this challenging situation. I decided to change my thinking. I told myself that there was nothing I couldn’t do. The first micro-step was to set my intention for things to go smoothly for my son and everyone involved, and to have a good experience. Changing what I thought from feeling powerless and scared to feeling like there was something I could do, was my second micro-step. Visualizing everything going well and my son and having a good result was my third. I started feeling better and all I did was change my thoughts. Changing my thoughts left me feeling more capable of taking more tiny steps. I’m grateful that my son had a successful outcome and everything went better than I could have imagined.
What I want to say to you is this, the last thing you are is powerless, helpless or hopeless. There is always some tiny action that you can take that will make you feel better. I would encourage you to try it yourself with something small, and see how it works for you. You are so worth it.
With love, Jackie