The new clock was ticking away on the shelf two ticks to the second as any good, self-respecting clock should tick when it began to think about how many times it was going to have to tick.
“Two ticks to the second means 120 ticks per minute,” it mused.
“That’s 7200 ticks per hour, 172,800 ticks per day, 1,209,600 per week for 52 weeks, and a total of 62,899,200 per year. That’s a HECK of a lot of ticks.”
BOING! Straightway the clock had a breakdown brought on by the stress of thinking about all of those ticks.
The clock was taken to a watchmaker who patched up the mainspring as well as he could.
Then he asked, “Clock, what’s your trouble?”
“Oh, watchmaker,” wailed the clock, “I have to tick so much. I have to tick two ticks a second and 120 ticks per minute and 7200 ticks per hour, and…”
“Hold it,” the watchmaker cut in, “How many ticks do you have to tick at a time?”
“Oh, I just have to tick one tick at a time,” was the reply.
“Then let me make a suggestion,” replied the watchmaker. “You go home and try ticking one tick at a time. Don’t even think about the next tick until it’s time. Just tick one tick at a time. That you can do.”
I get it! Life can be full-on, relentless and exhausting. The pressures are immense and it’s easy to end up careering from one crisis to another, and existing from one weekend to the next.
As a result, many of us have insecurities. And it’s tough out there…
Here’s the thing, though. The world doesn’t want you to muddle through.
It needs you to come alive and be thriving and flourishing!
And that’s hard because to be extraordinary takes effort whereas it’s a doddle to be yourself averagely.
There will frequently be times when you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work, responsibility, or decisions you have to make.
But remember, ALL you have to do is to make one step at a time.
“Pick one thing up,” finish it then, “pick up the next thing”.
Stay focused, confident and energised and make sure you “pick up” the right “thing” and not what seems the easiest to you.
Can you do this? I think you can. Do you?
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