As you think of the daily micro-tasks you’ve got in front of you—drop-offs, grocery runs, email processing, and the like—don’t set aside your dreams. It’s easy to immerse myself in the day-to-day, I find, and there is a real benefit to that. The little things do matter.
But there’s also something special about the stuff that keeps us dreaming. Don’t be afraid to name some of your dreams. Think of those ideas that feel insurmountably huge, and ask yourself—Why do they seem so big? What’s stopping me from getting closer to them happening? What’s the worst that could happen if I gave it a try? What’s the BEST that could happen if I gave it a try?
As I prepare for our year of worldwide travel, I’ll get in the weeds of details (what to pack, where to go, how to get there), and I’ll think—Remind me why we want to do this again? Why don’t I just stay in my yoga pants and watch Netflix in the living room next year?
But then I’ll remember our why, and I’m back to feeling brave about doing this.
So hold on to your dreams and don’t be afraid to name them, even if it’s a ho-hum set of days in front of you. Maybe choose a few tasks to do that’ll bring you just a few steps closer to them.