Moving to Montana from southern New Mexico required a considerable wardrobe adjustment. I now own more coats, gloves, hats, sweaters and boots than I ever could have imagined I even have snowshoes!
There are two pairs of shoes that have a special significance for me: my red boots and a pair of baby shoes. They both serve as strong reminders to take on the challenges of life with confidence, and they both show me how.
I call my red boots my “Git ‘er done” boots. When I’m procrastinating or simply avoiding addressing something that needs to be done (even things I actually WANT to do) I step into those boots as a symbol that it’s time for action. Regardless of the task – prepping for a client, exercising, calling someone, washing windows, writing a blog – when I slip on those boots I’ve made a commitment to myself to do what needs to be done. And they don’t come off until the work is finished.
I first saw those boots as I was doing a visioning exercise called the “7-League Boots”. Part of the exercise was imagining a pair of boots at your side that you’d never seen before – and the red boots were right there. After the exercise I knew I wanted to find those boots and wear them as a strong symbol of commitment to whatever task I was avoiding.
My other shoes are considerably more petite but more important. My boots are great when I know what to do and know how to do it. But when I’m trying to develop a new habit (or break an old one) – especially when I find the change a bit daunting or fear failure – those baby shoes remind me how important Baby Steps are. I take that large goal and break it down into very manageable pieces. If necessary, I break those pieces down into smaller goals.
The point is to absolutely guarantee success! If you’re longing for a change and it seems impossible, or if you’ve failed over and over, try EXTREMELY small Baby Steps. It may seem too easy, but the point is to guarantee success. And that success begins to create the motivation to take the next step. And the next. And the next.
Which shoes do you need to choose? I’d love to know about your journey!