When I was in school I’d often get assigned books that weren’t exactly what I wanted to read. I could have waited until the last week and read the book in one fell swoop, remembering only half of it and hating all of the experience. Instead, I decided to use my limited math skills in my favor. I took the number of pages and divided by the amount of time that I had to read. I then knew how many pages I had to read every day to get the task done. This technique can be applied to anything. Take something you have to do and break it down into little steps. Slow and steady wins the race.
A Rabbi once said that you can’t burn down a tree with a single match, but if you chop up the tree into small pieces, you can. This is a very useful way to think. Say you want to do a good deed. But you don’t think that you can do it all, so you do none of it. The idea here is that it is better to do a little of it than to do nothing at all. And, invariably, you will find that you gain a little more energy and ability towards the completion of your goal from just doing that tiny bit. Energy leads to more energy. Good creates more good.
It is hard for us to get up enough momentum to do what we know we should do. We take breaks. We stop entirely. We regress. We gain back double the weight we had lost. I exhort you to get back on the road and keep going. I exhort you to keep trying. I remind you that even just thinking about it, you’ve already taken the first step. That energy can be enough to move on to the next one.