Taking Small Steps | Justin Lioi, LCSW - Brooklyn, NY

It’s Wednesday. Some people say “hump day” but I always thought that was weird.

MLK was a few days ago.

SOTU was last night.

Big ideas, big dreams.

Often, stuff like this can get me overwhelmed. It’s these times when I get very inspired and imagine all the big exciting things I want to do in the world. Heck, I may even believe I can do all those great things.

Then I say, let me just take a coffee break. Let me read the paper. Let me read another chapter in my book. Let me watch another episode of House of Cards.

Before I know it, it’s next Wednesday and I’ve done nothing.

Are you also someone who gets caught up in how big you can do things that you end up talking yourself out of doing anything?

We can do little things and they can add up to a big thing. I’m going to emphasize that with this post today. I often think my blog posts should be long, 1,000 to 2,000 words. They should exhaust a theme, talk about it from many angles.

This post for this Wednesday morning is short. I have big ideas. Most of them need to be done, for me, in the morning for ritual sake. There is more I want to say and want to do. But for today, I’m just going to leave it here.

I like knowing that I took one small step today. I think it makes it more likely I’ll take at least a small step tomorrow. That gives me the energy to get to the larger steps.

What small thing will you do today?


Justin Lioi, LCSW is a men’s mental health and relationship expert. He practices counseling in Brooklyn, NY (and online throughout New York State and internationally.) He received his degree from New York University and has been working with men and their families for over 10 years. Justin is on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers and writes a weekly column for the Good Men Project called Unmasking Masculinity. He can be found on local and national podcasts talking about assertiveness, anger, self-compassion, all with the goal of becoming the man you want to be.