Great Things are Done by a Series of Small Things #VincentVanGogh #Quote #Inspiration #Journey

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Grizzly Peak, Chihuahua Lake and Lenawee Mountain as seen from Torrey’s Peak / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
—Vincent van Gogh

One step at a time.

Take it day by day.

Great accomplishments are not achieved in one day. Nothing happens overnight. It takes sometimes hundreds, thousands, even millions of small steps to accomplish one big thing.

What is your next step in the journey?

What are you afraid to do next?

You can only get there by moving forward a step at a time.

In project management, this concept is called decomposition. Your project may be to get a man on the moon. An enormous task that seemed like it could never be done. Until the U.S. landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 24, 1969. In order to get there the project was broken down into small details and tasks. From the development of the rocket that would propel astronauts there, to a lander that could detach from the orbiting command module, and then connect up with the module before returning back to earth. There were many, many, many more bits of that project that all had to work together to accomplish the task.

It is the same in our lives. If we look at where we want to be, the task might seem impossible and overwhelming. It is good to know your long-term goals, but break down all the tasks to get there into more manageable projects and take it step by step. If a task seem too big or hard, break it down into easier tasks, and then move forward.

Don’t get stuck on a big step in the journey, find several smaller ones to get you over the hump.

– Jason



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