The Power of One Step at a Time

How milestone goals and taking it one step at a time helped me actualize my goals.

Jasmine A.
4 min readAug 20, 2022

“Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.” — Shay Shull

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The Longest Mile

A year ago, my boyfriend and I found a little town in Illinois called Oregon.

In this town, we found this giant statue, and near it, there was this insanely steep staircase, that led straight to the lake.

After much debate, we decided to walk down. The walk down was effortless, but by the time we got there, we quickly realized that we had to head home.

When we turned around, that staircase seemed like the most daunting task in the world. It took me two minutes to process that such a short path coming down was about to turn into an hour-long uphill battle.

Looking up and realizing how far the finish line was discouraged me from starting the journey up.

With each step, the end seemed to get farther and farther away.

The more tired I felt, the longer the climb seemed. At some point, it felt like I’d never get there.

In my mind, I kept asking myself why I did such a stupid thing on the worst day possible.

The longer I thought about it I realized I did it because the view going down was beautiful.

As much as I hated each step of the way, I made myself think about the lake. It was the prettiest sight I’d seen in a while.

Eventually, at about three-quarters of the way, I stopped to rest. I huffed and puffed and thought about how I could make this climb a little easier.



Jasmine A.

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