Truth Bomb Tuesday: Before you can slay dragons, you have to tie up your shoes.
The road to your great dreams is paved with a thousand tiny, little achievements.
I get a lot of people coming to me looking for help with their ‘hero’ story.
And that’s awesome. They know that they’re not living the life they are supposed to be living. They know that they’re capable of something more.
And they have a sense of the challenge. The know that life is asking them to step up, to connect with their inner-hero, take on life’s challenges, and return triumphant with the life they were always destined for.
And that is fantastic.
But being a hero isn’t always about slaying the dragon. Sometimes it’s just about polishing the boots that you will one day use to slay a dragon.
When we imagine that hero journey – when we listen to the whispers in our heart and allow ourselves to dream a dream of what might be possible – we focus on the treasure.
I will have enough wealth to quit my day-job forever. I will have enough money to pay off my parent’s mortgage. I will have enough money to quit work and look after my wife until she gets better.
These are heroic visions.
And yes, creating enough wealth to quit your day job is a heroic thing to do. It’s the modern-day equivalent of slaying a dragon.
But it’s not as simple as a single well-placed and well-timed thrust of the sword.
It’s a journey. And before you can seize that fateful moment – before you can plunge your sword into the dragon’s heart – there are a thousand things you have to do first. You have to polish your boots. You have to choose the right pantaloons. And find a horse. And buy some supplies. And arrange someone to feed the pigs while you’re gone.
You have to get your tax returns in. You have to pay down your credit card debts. You have to educate yourself and understand how the world of money and investing works. You have to study with experts.
And what I see is that people who are really driven by their hero story can be incredibly passionate and motivated. But they can also become frustrated by all these fiddly little administrative tasks.
“I came here to slay dragons, not learn about tax-depreciation schedules!”
But every step counts.
Many days it’s enough just to keep putting one foot in front of the other. They don’t have to be bold, heroic strides. Just keep moving. Keep moving forward.
And there’s always something you can do.
Maybe all you can do this week is find the receipts you need to do your tax. That’s all you can do.
But it doesn’t matter. It all counts. Just keep moving.
The road to the great heroic victory you are dreaming of is paved with a thousand tiny achievements. And every one of them matters.
So stay patient.
There will be time for slaying dragons and a hero’s homecoming later.
Maybe today it is just enough to put one foot in front of the other.