“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale
When a culture is focused so much on success and triumph, people in that culture can sometimes shy away from energy and effort towards what may seem impossible. And yet – what If they saw the dream or the challenge as something that can be approached in small steps?
I believe that the quote “You can be anything you put your mind to” or “They sky is the limit” is powerful for many, and yet intimidating for some. It can feel overwhelming when you have tried so hard and yet it appears you have accomplished so little. So what if instead you recall that the "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” ― Aristotle
When you realize that the power of potential comes from more than JUST one step and one person – you may in turn relax in that knowledge and become empowered to start with ourselves in smaller actions or with smaller, more immediate goals. After realizing success at these initial steps, from there you can join forces with others – evolve your small steps into larger ones and make a lasting impact. Be the change you wish to see – as part of a larger effort.
It is another way of looking at taking small steps first when overcoming a challenge. The small step begins with seeing yourself in the solution and doing whatever – however small – you can do to move the potential forward. If you can view a problem or a challenge in parts and see yourself in those parts – “I see how I can understand this one part” or yourself as complementary solution to those parts – (vs. the entirety) “I see how I could address/fix this one part) you can start sooner – with more ease – with less tension.
Successful people are not necessarily the ones who always win. They are the ones, in my opinion, that have mastered resiliency – the bridge between chaos and naïve hope. They can move through, past and beyond challenge – learning from mistakes and failures and highlighting the efforts of one and of many.