One Small Thing: How to cure lack of motivation

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.


Sometimes when inspiration and motivation are lacking, all it takes is doing one small thing to get you back on the right track.

Projects often seem huge and overwhelming when viewed as a whole. So, you say you want to draw every day? Your brain whizzes forward an imagines 365 completed and fantastic pencil or ink drawings. There is no way you could achieve all that in one day, let alone one week.

Rather, start small. I was in Oxford the other day and knew that I would be too tired to complete a large drawing when I returned home. Instead, I whipped out my ballpoint pen and did a tiny sketch in my day planner. This sketch of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford is no more than 1.5 cm square. But that is big enough to count as a drawing.

So, for whatever project or job you have looming over your head, just identify one small thing you can do right now to get started. Send that email, file those papers, dust your desk.

That small step you just took will lead you on an epic journey towards your highest potential.