On a recent episode of The Seanwes Podcast, Sean McCabe outlined his “4 hard steps to making a living with your passion.” These steps were relatively broad and wide-reaching, which is fine for the scope of his podcast. I feel like the 4 steps could be broken down to many smaller, simpler steps. I’m going to assume that Sean didn’t really address that because he knows those smaller steps will vary from person to person.
Defining these broad steps are great. They provide a foundation for listeners to get started, but going in with “Find”, “Protect”, “Invest” and “Monetize” on a checklist is going to get you burned out. Yes they are hard steps that take a long time to get through, but that’s even more reason to break them down to smaller (easier?) steps.
Any large scale task is made less overwhelming when you break it down to individual steps. For example you could say “I need to do the dishes”, or you could break it down into a list of actions like this:
- Put the dishes in the dishwasher
- Add soap
- Close and run the dishwasher
- Put away dishes when done
How granular you need to get depends on who you are, but even at this level each step is less daunting than the whole task. It’s the same amount of work but it’s less stressful and plays off our desire for short term reward. Defining these steps and writing them down either on a piece of paper or a task management app (I use Clear) will allow you to not only break your tasks into manageable steps, but also allow you to visually see your progress.