Do you believe there’s power in one small step? And if you do, what’s stopping you from taking the first step?
I’ve been asking myself that very same question for close to 20 years. I’ve known all along what I was good at, what I wanted to do and what I felt I was supposed to do. Still, I couldn’t build the courage to take even the smallest of steps.
Yes, there were times when I dreamed about it. I thought about it. I visualized it. But every time I went to take a step something would stop me.
When’s the last time you set out to accomplish a goal? You were determined to lose weight, get in shape, go back to school, start a business or look into new job opportunities. You thought about it. You talked about it. But, when you went to take a step a nagging thought popped into your mind.
I’m not good enough to do that. I’ll never be able to stick to my goal. Who’s going to hire me? Why would anyone listen to me speak? Why would anyone want to buy my book?
These nagging thoughts and feelings were precisely why I started Inspireu2Action. I wanted to help others overcome obstacles that had stood in my way for years.
I knew what I was supposed to do, or so I thought. I knew how it would play out, or so I thought. I had a dream in my heart. I was determined to get there, but I continued to say “I’ll wait for one day.”
You see, I was an expert mountain gazer. I was so good at looking up at the mountain and talking about the mountain. I believe many people wondered if I was already standing on the mountain. Even so, I couldn’t even take a step towards the mountain.
One day I said to myself, If I know what I’m supposed to do, why am I not doing it?
At that point, I made a decision. I was tired of looking at the mountain, talking about the mountain and dreaming about the mountain. I decided, I’m just going to walk towards my mountain.
Knowing about it isn’t enough. Dreaming about it isn’t enough. Talking about it isn’t enough. Thinking about it isn’t enough. There comes a time when you need to push hesitation and doubt to the side and walk towards your mountain.
So, what have I learned about small steps?
I’ve learned that every step has value. I no longer view steps as big or small. Every step is an opportunity to move forward.
When I doubt that one step will make a difference, I take two small steps. If I think that two steps won’t leave a dent, I take three. Every time I feel like giving up, and that’s just about every day, I take one more step.
Remember, always push yourself just a little further than what’s comfortable. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. And make it a habit to take one more step every time you feel like giving up.
If you take ten steps, nine wrong and one right, you’re still one step ahead. If you’re one step ahead every week, that’s fifty-two steps a year. Now that’s progress.
Every dream unrealized is like a masterpiece never painted, a hit song never sung or a great book never written.
No painting will become a masterpiece until the first dab of paint is put on a canvas. No song will become a hit until the first note is sung. No book will become a bestseller until the first word is written.
Every dream realized began with a step of faith, a single act of courage. Make today the day you step into greatness. It only takes a single act of courage to take that first step of faith.
If you’re ready to walk towards your mountain, let’s talk.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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