Comfort for When You Feel Stuck

It’s easy to feel stuck or overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. The gap between where you are now and where you want to be can get you down.

When you’re feeling stuck, like you’re not making any progress at all, try thinking much smaller. Instead of thinking month-to-month or year-to-year, think day-to-day.

Big goals, after all, are accomplished by making a little progress day after day for months at a time.

You can’t control what’s going to happen months or years from now, you only have today, right now, in the present. Focus on making a little progress today, and know that those days of progress will add up over time.

Take comfort in the little progress that you’re making right now. As my friend Sibyl Chavis likes to say, just ask yourself this question: “am I living today better than yesterday?”

Are you doing anything today to get one step close to your goals?

If the answer is yes, you’re making progress. You can stop beating yourself up about the bigger picture and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Just rinse and repeat tomorrow.


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