When I was little, I remember my mom told me that one of my aunts was in Spain. My aunt was going to be visiting the Iberian Peninsula for two weeks. At that time, I thought “Wow, someday I want to go to Spain”. Of course, at that age, I thought this was an impossible dream. Spain was far away (I had never ridden on an airplane). It was very difficult to go there (I knew no one at that far away land). Also, where I was supposed to get all the money for the trip? The money issue really shocked me. I was not able to conceive all the money my aunt had. I had not realized that I knew a wealthy person!
About 15 years later, I went to Spain. Not only that, I have visited countries as “distant and exotic” such as China and Thailand. I’m not trying to amaze you by naming the countries I have visited. I am not interested in showing how superior / smart / experienced I am because I have been to some places. That’s not the point. What I mean is totally the opposite. Visiting all those locations (and more) is not an amazing feat. It’s not even difficult, complicated or whatever you want to call it. Millions of people visit those places every year.
It is understandable that for a child some situations can be seen as impossible feats. Today, I laugh at how naive I was at 8 or 9. The surprising thing is that adults, sometimes, think like kids. For them things are so difficult, so colossal, so impossible. And I am referring not only to matters related to travel. Because to be honest, you will not die if you do not visit Japan in your lifetime. There are other things that affect our quality of life, our relationship with others, our interior and we do not deal with them because they are so “difficult”. We feel overwhelmed but do not find a way to prosper, flourish, shine.
But if we think clearly, we realize that the methodology for carrying out many things can be summarized in a series of steps. Even better, it is likely that another person has already achieved what you want to do or has left the situation that you want to abandon. So, you just have to do the following:
- Follow the same steps another walked
- Adapt the footsteps of others to your own needs
- Take ideas from several others and create your own list of steps
And to illustrate my point, I’ll use a simple example. Some time ago, I wanted to go to Bangkok. The process to reach the other side of the world can be summarized as follows:
- Go to Orbitz.com and buy a plane ticket to Bangkok.
- Go to the airport on the day the plane ticket says you are departing.
- Get into the plane and stay there fourteen hours.
- Get off the plane.
- Show your passport to immigration.
- Exit the airport.
-You made it to Bangkok!!!
These are the basic steps. We can add one or two more steps. What’s difficult about that? Where is the science?
Many will say this list is ridiculous. I know. I am already listening to the complaints. There are so many things missing from it. What about the hotel, transportation, food, language, money, weather? But despite all the drawbacks that came to your mind, things are so simple. And I said simple, not easy. They are two different things.
Start by listing the steps you must take to accomplish something. Then start working on each step (one or more, depending on how conformable you feel). Determine the resources you need to accomplish each. Follow the same process with all the steps until you have reached your final goal.
Remember many things are simple. Do not complicate them with your preconceived ideas. You have many things in your favor to get in and out of situations. Perhaps your greatest advantage is that you have a brain to reason. Each time you encounter a difficulty in a step of your simple list, you can dispel this difficulty by using your intelligence, creativity and knowledge.
Lao-Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Be sure to think that every step of your journey is the first. Without realizing it, you can accomplish a lot by concentrating on one thing at a time. Because, really, nothing is so great, grand or spectacular as you think. Seriously.