Obstacles come, and obstacles go, but one thing remains the same: The road of life is never smooth for long.
Much as we’d like a straight path from idea ▶to plan ▶ to action ▶ to result, it rarely seems to work out that way.
So we have a choice. We can bemoan all the little daily misfortunes that get in our way.
- The recruiter who never got back to us.
- The job listing for an entry level programmer that required 5 years of experience.
- The online application that is asking for the exact same info we just submitted through our resume.
Or, we can just focus on the next action.
“You must build your life action by action, and be content if each one achieves it’s goal as far as possible-” Marcus Aurelius.
Because no matter what life throws at us, if we step back and think clearly, there is always an obvious next step. It doesn’t have to be that hard.
Now, I don’t mean a final answer, or solution to the problem. I literally mean the next, small step in the process.
Just do that.
If we keep our focus on the very next step and simply doing that well- eventually, and perhaps without us even realizing it- we will reach our goal.
This is why having systems and habits is so important. If you are working a system the next step is always clear.
And the next step is all there ever is.
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