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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taking the First Step: Made Simple

"One minute at a time makes an hour, One line at a time makes a drawing
One chapter at a time makes a novel, One conversation at a time makes a friend
One brick at a time builds a castle, One article at a time makes a blog
One breath at a time makes a life, One goal at a time makes a dream come true."
~ Jica Gonz

Doing one goal at a time 

That's how everything in life is truly achieved. Making things complex and detailed, breaking your head, perfection-- it's not worth it!

What's the point of detailed planning if when it comes to actually doing your goal in the quit due to its complexity? Maintain every single goal and aspect of your life as simple as possible, but in specific at the first step.

Why? Because making things complex at the very start will only drain your energy, overwhelm you and most of the times cause you to quit.

Remember, once upon a time each and every one of us were nothing but defenseless babies. At our own pace, we learned and grew up into the people we are today and the one we have yet to become. If our bodies hadn't followed its natural rate of growth and skipped from a baby to an adult, what mess would we be today? How malfunctioned would our bodies be?

The same applies for life. If we skip goals and rush the pace what mess would we be? Wouldn't we just stumble and fail?

That's why keeping it simple and doing your goals one step at a time is the way to go. An example of this is that you want to make a drawing.

Starting,literally, from scratch the first thing you will do is get a job or ask for money from your parents (in the case that you're still a teen). You look for a marker and schedule in your calendar that in Saturday you will walk to a shop at 1:00 pm.
It's Saturday, you wake up early and wear comfy clothes. At the shop you choose the cheapest paper and pencils. You go home and sit on the table and draw your first line, then the next one and then the next one. Eventually the increasing number of lines and shapes will create a drawing.
Maybe you could had drafted the drawing in your head before drawing the first line or if you're a person that learns better with creating rather than planning (like me) then you could had just began drawing randomly with no thought of a finished drawing in mind.
So let's say you liked drawing? Good, you schedule to make a drawing every day from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You continue doing this for a whole week and notice you're not satisfied with your abilities, luckily you still have money left from your job or there's a chore your mom is willing to pay for. 

You walk to the shop and buy a drawing manual. Your drawings improve-- but wait!! You'd love to buy a nightlight for comfort and so on and so on.

It's all about literally considering each step that you will take. Live life one step at a time and see where it will lead to. Don't worry about an end goal.

Don't live with the thought in mind that:
"Someday, somewhere after I have x/y possession or after I have achieved x/y event in life I'll be happy
It's not about:
"Wanting to be a pop-idol one day" 
It's about:
"Applying singing as a lifestyle and living to that value. " 
By applying singing as a lifestyle your talents will increase naturally and accompanied with increasing talent is an increasing confidence in oneself. Before you know it you've broken barriers and escalated higher than you could had ever imagined.

"Remember to always keep it simple and apply your dreams as a lifestyle today and not as an end goal."

Have you taken your first step? How? Share your experience in the comments section! :)

PS: Since I participated in the 14-Day Kindness Challenge I'd love to invite you and see the manifesto that Celes posted in with all the daily tasks of the Kindness Challenge listed down! :) 

Plus check out how my interview went with Villalba Online and you can also check out my first article that was published in Villalba Online with the journalist's help. Journalist, if you're reading this thank you so much for the opportunity! 

The online newspaper is in Spanish by the way, but you can always translate it with Google Translate and read on. :)

photo credit: Seryo via photopin cc


  1. Hey Jica, this is such a great article! I really love this reminder how doing small things add up to really large things, and the picture you included is awesome. :)


    1. Hi Christine! Thank you so much for the feedback, it means a lot to me! :) I'd also love to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you've offered me up till now. It's one of the main reasons BiS exists today in the first place! I can never thank you enough, thank you Christine. :D

  2. Hi Jica:

    Very good article also the graph very fantastic. I didn't know about you. Ms.Christina one of my dearest friend introduced me about you. She was advicing me many times and I was arguing with her so many time. Very happy to know about you.

    1. Awww, nice to meet you too and thank you so much for your comment! It makes me really happy to know I could be of help to you. :)