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January 31, 2016

The Small Steps Matter

Despite my love of watching Netflix in bed all day, I’m actually a pretty motivated person. At least, when I sit in bed all day, I feel bad about it because I know theres a thousand other things I should be doing. When I set my mind on something, I tend to go for it full-force and make it happen.

When I was young, all I wanted was a horse, so I bought all the stuff for it and then figured eventually it would be simple enough to fit the horse right in. Seriously, I even got a saddle for Christmas one year. Still the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten (that, and all 10 seasons of Friends on DVD). 13 years later, I decided I wanted a truck. I’ve spent WAY too many hours looking at trucks, loan rates, saving money and budgeting myself so that one day, the truck will just fit right in.

Lately I’ve been finding so much stress in wanting to be better. With all kinds of plans and ideas constantly floating around my brain, it makes it hard to focus on what the next step is. Things don’t happen overnight and I find trouble remembering that. Seeing the success of others doesn’t change anything about your own success in life.

When you put a ton of pressure on yourself to succeed, it makes it SO much harder to appreciate the small accomplishments. Recently the Melissa Gebert Photography Facebook page reached 300 likes. Even though initially my first thought was “Oh, that’s nothing. Other people have WAY more…” BUT 300 is more than I had at the beginning of this year! Progress is slower than anyone could like to admit but if you don’t try, nothing happens.

Never feel bad about watching Netflix in bed sometimes because if you’re still TRYING to move forward, you’ll always be getting closer to where you want to be.

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