More often than not when we think of baby steps, we think of taking it slow; we envision the process of gaining our balance, and giving something a shot as we attempt something new in an effort to move forward.
While all of this is true, I want to take a look at something else unique to baby steps – momentum.
Now before we get too deep I know what many of you are thinking and no, my son hasn’t started walking yet. But he did do something the other day that made me think it might be coming soon, and that when it does he’ll be a pro.
At exactly midnight on April 16, when my son turned 6 months old, he sat up for the first time on his own. In the few days since then he has begun talking, attempting to pull himself up to a standing position using the side of his crib, and lunging himself forward and attempting to crawl.
Granted, most of this has been going on for months. But something is different about it now. It’s like now that he knows he can sit up on his own, he’s determined to figure out what else he can do.
He didn’t get comfortable and pace himself. He pushed. And isn’t that just like a baby, though? As soon as they get one thing down, they’re off to the next and the next and the next.
How many times have you heard the phrase, “They’re growing up so fast?” If you’re a parent you’ve likely said it yourself. But perhaps it isn’t that the children are growing up too fast, instead, maybe we should be taking a page from their book and hurrying up.
Today, I want to encourage you to take baby steps. Look over your life and acknowledge your accomplishments – then consider what else you can do and how else you might push yourself to grow…then get to doing it.
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Babies push and push until the thing they’re trying to do is the thing they’re actually doing. And the beautiful thing about it, they never get frustrated in the process. In fact, babies are quite thrilled by the process of progress. They assess their mishaps and internalize them, not so they can beat themselves up but so they can figure out where the bump is in the road and climb over it.
For instance, “Was that fall because of something I did or because that block was in my way? Well, let me try this again and see.” And the next time, when he does it and succeeds he considers himself a success. The next time he encounters a block he might stumble over it again, but he knows that’s not his reality – he’s done this successfully before. In fact, he did it best when he avoided blocks, which is what he’ll start doing from now on.
This is how kids operate. They don’t give up. And they press on with relentless speed. So today, don’t be a grown-up; don’t pace yourself and slow yourself down and internalize all the dangers and pitfalls of trying to live your dreams. Instead, if only for today, take baby steps.
Good luck and Namaste.