Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. —St. Francis of Assisi
This reminds me of a quote by Woody Allen: “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” It also reminds me of part of the code of conduct at my high school, which was drilled so deeply in my head that I still remember it to this day: “Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.”
In other words… do the minimum and the necessary. Eat, sleep, breathe, get up, go to work, git ‘er dun, go home, relax, then get up and do it all again the next day. Then you get settled in your routine, and once you’re settled, you can begin to think outside the box and see what you can create within your routine. What is possible to achieve within the constraints of your life, your personality, your talents, and the people with whom you surround yourself?
Then once you achieve the possible, you get used to operating at that level, and you begin to think of what else you can do. You think of all the things you considered impossible and how they could realistically be achieved. You set a goal. You figure out the steps. You aim high but not so high that you’ll overshoot your mark. Then slowly, by degrees, what you previously thought impossible becomes possible.
And that, my friends, is how self-esteem is built.