It may be a shaky step, a step without fear or trepidation, an ordinary step, a step of joy, a step of indecision, but a step nevertheless.
A baby makes the first step and no matter how weak or strong that step is, the joy of empowerment is quite obvious! They did it! If they can do this one step, where will two or three take them? What if we chain the steps together, what will happen then?
And off they go! And here is where the story takes another turn. The baby now can explore and enjoy the new freedom and learn what it means to have a place in the world on another level. Soon enough, they will run and bike and drive a car, maybe fly a plane.
We all start off as babies, in life and in everything we do. And that’s absolutely normal, to be expected and not to be embarrassed about. Every successful person, believe it or not, had to start off as a baby in their field and then they took steps… And the steps took them everywhere!
There is nothing special about them in comparison to you. The only difference may be is that they took that first step and then continued to add on. Consistency is key.
Persistence in spite of opposing forces is the lifeblood of success.
Look, if they can do it, so can you.
Nothing is impossible.
Any promotion, any endeavor can be obtained and achieved, step at a time.
Before we go any further, I want you to internalize this truth though: Success at the expense of health and family is not real success. As long as you have these parameters in line, you’ve got balance. Keep this truth in mind, often, and make sure that this part of the equation is always satisfied. If they fall short, you will never enjoy your success the way you hoped you would. Cars and bikes, travel and recognition will not keep you warm at night nor will it drive you crazy with crayon marks all over your walls.
If you have your health (physical, emotional, spiritual) and your family balanced, you are already wealthy and your steps may be less fickle, less wobbly because you have the self-confidence and the support of your family.
Why am I bringing this up in a piece that is meant to inspire you to achieve incredible success, be it financial, recognition or on a physical plane such as running marathons?
Because I so strongly believe that if you take the right steps, consistent and persistent steps, you will get there. Of that, I am certain.
Our dreams are there for a reason. Our talents are ours for a reason as well. Why?
Because they are meant to be ours, to be enjoyed, employed, and achieved.
It is very simple. Once we take the simplicity out of success, forget it. That’s when it gets complicated.
You are reading this piece and that tells me so much. Enough for me to believe in you and that is why I care enough to warn you.
So let’s go back to the small step that I take every single day that sets me up for grander steps. I make my coffee. Fuss around with my kiddos. Pray. Then I take my first sip. That’s the trigger point for me. I am settling down to business (as much as I possibly can in spite of controlled chaos around me).
My first step each day is my sip of coffee. Then I get out my laptop or phone, whichever is easier to use at that moment.
I know that once I take out my “power” tools, I better be getting my head in the game. And even if I don’t feel like it, I still do it. Because I believe that every step I take in the direction of my dreams, it counts.
What makes a person successful? Their ability to believe that every step they make will bring them closer to the culmination point, in spite of opposition, in spite of others’ disbelief, despite the lack of reward.
There is a quote that I read in school, many years ago, that will stay with me for life.
“Failure is 100% guaranteed if you do nothing.” Then do something! Each step you take will increase your chance of success. I think it is worth trying at least!
But try it for a month. Make a game out of it. Each day, take small steps, or if you can, big steps when you feel comfortable. Visualize yourself moving closer and closer. Feel the destination. See it, taste it, enjoy it. It can surely be yours.
Nothing is out of your reach. Nothing is too high up, or too far out. If that was the case, we wouldn’t be flying today, or enjoying our sweet little laptops.
If it is out there, it can be yours. If it is just an idea, it can materialize. All that we see around us was once an idea and now, an idea manifested.
Go for that small step. Then take a next one.
You never know, you might just… like it.
by Olga Pyshnyak-Lawrence