I think a lot of life comes down to traction.
Think, for example, of a truck stuck in the mud or a car slipping on ice. It's not a lack of power that's keeping the vehicle from moving forward, it's a lack of traction. So it goes with life. It's not a lack of ability that keeps me from accomplishing what I set out to do or even a lack of intent, desire, fight or passion. Many times, it's a lack of traction.
I don't ever get the basement completely organized because in order to organize it, I have to make it messy – no traction.
It's hard to drop the lbs I put on over the holidays because it takes so long to see any improvement – no traction.
The car stays dirty because every time I go somewhere I take 2 things out but bring 3 things in – no traction.
I guess the trick here is to figure out how to get some traction. I don't have to be better, do it better, see it better or perform better. This is not about applying more power – it's about tossing some kitty litter under the slipping tire. Once the traction is there, the rest is easy. And so the question as I'm setting out to achieve my goal (large or small) is: What small thing do I need to do or accomplish in order for this goal to catch and grab hold? What mini-goal or accomplishment do I need to achieve in order to see progress? What small success is necessary to seed the pot for other successes? In short, what's my kitty litter?
The answer is, clearly, I don't know. But I'm working on finding out.
The rest of life, of course, comes down to wardrobe.