Step by step

This week I saw an interview with bestselling author and speaker Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl has come through a lot of challenges in her life, and she was asked “what to you is resilience?”
She answered “The only way to get anywhere is step by step”. I thought this was a brilliant response and a wonderful answer to a profound question. It is so true that life happens step by step, moment by moment, effort by effort, and decision by decision. Every achievement arises from countless tiny steps.
But when times are hard and life is a struggle, it is hard to believe that step-by-step will get us through, and we often want quicker, easier solutions. It is understandable that we feel this way, but it doesn’t change the fact that Cheryl is right – overcoming and recovery is gradual and difficult. We need to just do what we have to do (including getting support) and step through hard times, so on the other side we can reflect and learn this simple and powerful lesson.
And to get somewhere that feels genuinely right, rather than just “anywhere”, we also need to understand the big picture. We need to step back from the step-by-step and define who we are and what is truly important to us. Step by step is HOW we live, but as Simon Sinek says the most important thing to know is WHY we live. This is easier to do than it sounds, and it’s a topic for another post …