One Step at a Time


I was out on a run today, and in the distance I saw a hill straight out of hell. When I saw it, I immediately had this urge to just walk. “I know that hill’s gonna be terrible and I’ll probably end up having to walk up it, so I might as well walk now,” is what my mind was telling me.  But I’ve been in this scenario far too often. I knew that if I just focused on the next few steps in front of me, it wouldn’t be long before I would be at the hill, and it wouldn’t seem as daunting. I knew I would be able to conquer that hill, but if I focused on the hill while I was still a ways from it, and not on the steps leading to the hill—the steps right in front of me—the thought of the hill would conquer me.

I think life is a lot like this. Oftentimes, you see an obstacle coming up ahead. Something you know will be terrible. Something you may feel completely inadequate doing. Something you feel will be too difficult for you. You see it, become discouraged, and quit. You see it, doubt yourself, and don’t even try. You should, instead, keep your focus on the steps right in front of you. You can do that. One step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be over those hills. You’ll be conquering those difficult things that we all face in life. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without resistance. But by the time you reach those hills, you’ll have the steps behind you reminding you that you can do it. You’ll have the steps behind you as quiet encouragers whispering, “Look how far you’ve come. You’ve made it this far. You can go farther. You can do it.”

Don’t focus on the daunting, seemingly impossible obstacle or destination in the future. Focus on the next step. One step at a time.

One step at a time.