Every New Year’s, people reflect back on what they’ve done — through Facebook, Instagram, blogs, on almost every social platform you know. And the reason is because, it’s a BIG deal.

Everyone wants to achieve their goals, but most of us fail in the process.

We say we’re going to lose weight but we give in to our temptations for high-sugary/oily foods. We say we’re going to spend more time with family but we end up working all day. We say we’re going to pursue what we’ve always wanted to do, but we continue on with the daily grind.

Towards the end, we feel guilty — that we can’t live up to our words nor be as great as we expect ourselves to be. So to feel better about ourselves, we promise to do it later, which (you might’ve guessed) almost never happens.

The only way you can get out of this continuous cycle of unproductive nothingness is to just start. Doesn’t matter if you’re scared, if you’re tired, if you’re busy, if you’re feeling miserable, even doing it for 5 seconds gets you closer to your goal than not trying at all.

Think about it.

Learning one word gets you closer to becoming fluent in another language.
Walking a few steps gets you closer to winning the marathon.
Writing a sentence gets you closer to publishing a novel.

A little goes a long way.

But most of us don’t realize that. Most of us, in fact, underestimate the power of doing a little simply because we don’t believe it has the impact to help us achieve what we want. But it does.

You might not see immediate results. You might not see any obvious improvement. But at the very least when you put in some effort, you’re still improving.

As Joel Osteen once said,

“You might not be where you want to be, but you’re not where you used to be.”

So keep doing as much as you can (even if it’s a little), and eventually you’ll look back and realize how far you’ve come.