Small Steps Now Can Lead to Big Results Later

Small Steps Now Can Lead to Big Results Later

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
Vince Lombardi, famed football coach

In our 24/7 world, it’s tough to stay focused and on task at all times.

You might be reading an email and receive a text. Then you answer the text about a completely unrelated subject and then never get back to the email.

Does this sound like you?

According to an article by, our brains prefer distraction. So in today’s increasingly digital environment, it makes it especially hard to focus.

But when we can’t focus, we have a harder time accomplishing goals which can hurt our self-worth and eventually our confidence.

However, the flip side to this is when we do accomplish goals, it builds our confidence.

So, how can we do that?

When given a big project to handle, it can be hard to get motivated to tackle it. But I’ve learned something important that I wanted to share: If I break down a big project into smaller tasks and set meaningful goals, I feel more self-assured.

Sometimes I have to write down what I want to accomplish and then cross it off once I’ve done it to make it really register with me. But knowing that I’ve mastered that one small step helps build my confidence on the bigger project or day ahead.

But that’s not just me, there’s evidence behind this idea. A writer named Daniel Chambliss once examined the techniques USA Swimming used to prepare its athletes for the Olympics. What he learned is that the swimmers would focus on “small wins” (definable, minor achievements) in training rather than on the ultimate goal of winning a medal.

With each small win, the swimmers felt satisfied which resulted in them gaining confidence and wanting to do more small wins every day. 

Like the Olympic swimmers, when the rest of us become more confident, we want to do more with our skills and for others. Confidence leads to success in all areas of life, the experts say.

The more confident you are, the more likely you are to be positive and optimistic, influencing others around you. That will allow you to do more with your life and help others along the way.

Remember to:

  1. Not get discouraged. Distraction is a normal part of our lives—our brains prefer it.
  2. Take small steps toward bigger projects.
  3. Focus on small wins.


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