30 by 31: Lessons 16-18

Here are few more lessons that I have learned along the way:

30 by 31, Lesson # 16: Take smaller steps. There is nothing wrong with taking small steps to get to the bigger goal. I have learned to see the power in smaller steps rather than always wanting to take large leaps.

30 by 31, Lesson # 17: Balance idealism with a bit of realism. I spent much of my twenties biting off more than I could chew, which led to lots of frustration and overwhelm. I am no less ambitious, but now I temper it with what I have learned in the past and by taking a honest look at the kind of effort I can put into a project, whether for myself or someone else.

30 by 31, Lesson #18: Practice self-patience. Many times when I felt like nothing was happening or that I wasn’t taking big enough action, I turned out to be wrong. All the steps matter. As Danielle LaPorte says, “Everything is Progress.” Patience reminds of that day in and day out.

What is 30 by 31 all about? I turn 31 next month, and want to reflect on my first year as a thirtysomething. Follow my journey here as I post my  30 by 31 lessons.

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