Baby steps

Baby steps

I want to thank Lisa, one of my readers for inspiring this week’s post, baby steps. I’ve been using the concept of baby steps to break down challenging tasks or situations for a while. I keep the bigger picture in mind, but, I focus on the next action that I need to take.

Single-minded focus

Have you observed a baby lock in on an object that they want? It may be some distance away from where they are, but, they move toward it determinedly, with single-minded focus one small step at a time. On the other hand, we as adults often become overwhelmed because we focus on the bigger picture, rather than the smaller steps we need to take to achieve our goal.

Baby steps, Dawn, baby steps

When it feels like I’ve got too much to do, too little time and the stress starts to build; I sometimes tell myself, “baby steps, Dawn, baby steps.” That small-phrase helps me to regain perspective instead of panicking.

What’s overwhelming you?

Identifying what may be overwhelming you is the first step in you overcoming it. Don’t passively accept it, and end up doing nothing. No, take small steps, acts, or decisions, it may take longer, but, at least you will be making progress towards where you need to be.

Get back up

When babies fall they instinctively seek to get back up. We could learn a thing or two from them. Last year I wanted to write a book, but I didn’t have the funds to do it. So, this year, I decided to take a step and, write e-HR guides. I am on track to publish the first one this month, but I know I could have gotten back up much quicker. It’s time for you to get back up and move forward to pursue your dreams, goals and, aspirations.

Baby steps in action

Say you want to pay off debt, baby steps may include:

  • Opening up demand letters
  • Calling creditors
  • Speaking to a debt counsellor
  • Making a budget
  • Listening to financial podcasts/reading books

Or you may want to apply for a promotion, baby steps may include:

  • Researching the job market
  • Signing up for e-job alerts
  • Updating your CV
  • Looking for opportunities to update your skills e.g. job shadowing, taking on additional responsibilities

Baby steps may be small, but, they are powerful, consistent, cumulative and, progressive – baby steps will take you places. Are you ready?

Hello, I’m Dawn. I am an HR consultant, coach and blogger. I hope you found this blog useful if you’d like to receive regular content, we’d love to have you – press the subscribe button.


Please note that this post does not constitute specific HR or employment law advice if you require help please contact an appropriately qualified professional or drop me an email  –

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