“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

Everyone has goals.  What is yours?  It might not be at the tip of your tongue, but we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t daydream about doing something in the future that we aren’t doing right now.  Keep in mind, not every goal has to be something big and dramatic.  

One goal I recently set was to organize my office closet.  My excuses for not achieving my goal for the last two years included: not having the time and not knowing where to start.  To create a visual for you, this closet contained everything from an old baby gate, to wedding pictures and empty scrapbooks to part of my fall wardrobe.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  The only way to tack this beast was to develop a plan.  I decided to divide the closet into manageable sections and take it one step at a time.  I promised myself, that I could quit for the day if I finished purging and organizing just one shelf (there are 5 total).  The hardest step was taking that first pile of junk off the shelf.  Once I had some momentum, I couldn’t stop!

The story about my closet is true.  I ended up staying up until midnight the first day trying to get it finished.  It ended up taking me several days altogether (see the picture above).

I got to thinking that the approach to closet organizing applies to setting any goal.  If you can confidently take one small step toward your goal every day or week (or however often is necessary) you will eventually achieve success.  Another trick is breaking the goal into small sections and feeling a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment with each small milestone that is reached.

I challenge you to think of something you have been wanting to do.  What small step you can take today that will get you moving forward?  The opportunities that exist are endless.

2 thoughts on ““Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

  1. Kristin,
    Great to see the new model of inspiration. Keep the great and inspirational tips coming! I’m ready to get off the couch now… and organize Ryan’s baby dresser that still has 6 month clothes in it. Proud of you! Kim

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