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First Step to Success

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-tzu

Do you have a goal in business, life, health, fitness etc that you want to pursue?

Are you finding it difficult to take that first step toward making this goal a reality?

What’s holding you back?

What has stopped you from taking those first steps to success?

Here are a few that have affected me at one time or another in the past:

Feeling Overwhelmed. Read the Lao Tzu quote again: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’

No matter how large or how small the endeavor, you still have to begin with a single action. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Simply take the first step.

Fear of ___________. (Fill in the blank.) It could be any number of things.

Failure. Humiliation. Loss.

Odds are the fear that you’re experiencing is far worse than the actual reality, if whatever you’re afraid of did happen. 99% of the time, the fear that’s holding you back is not that big of a deal. The potential discomfort you’d experience is nothing compared to the elation you’d experience from actually achieving your goal.

Unwilling to Leave The Comfort Zone. This is just a nicer way of saying you’re being too lazy to reach your goals.

You must accept that achieving anything of significance requires work and dedication. So logout of Facebook, quit texting and hop off the couch and make your dreams happen.

Comparing Yourself with Others. Your objectives should simply be tied to reaching your own potential.

Don’t worry about other people and what they’ve done unless it fuels you to work harder and do more. Otherwise focus on being the best version of you.

Thinking Things Had to Be Perfect. Waiting until the situation is perfect is a direct route to inaction because the situation will never be perfect.

No matter how well prepared you are, there will always be something unexpected that pops up, so don’t let the need for perfection stand in your way.

Doing More Research. This is just another way of saying ‘you’re too lazy to do the real work.’

As I just mentioned, things don’t have to be perfect to get started, so the need for endless research before taking action is completely unfounded.

Not Feeling ‘Worthy’ Enough. Not believing that you had enough education, knowledge, skill or experience can stop you before you get started, but the truth is that you can get experience without ‘doing’ and you can’t develop your skill without practice.

Most every ‘expert’ I know felt this way at one point or another and still proceeded to take action. So should you.

If you’re like me, the seven things that I listed above have at one time or another stood between inaction and action. But they’re all just small obstacles designed to separate the haves from the have-nots. The successful from the average. The real bottom line is this: no matter what your goal is, the best time to start is now.

No matter what your goal, success is a process and it requires overcoming limiting beliefs and taking action.

Maybe your goal is to finally start your business.

Perhaps it’s to launch a product online.

Maybe your goals are to get to $500,000 in business revenue or $100,000 in personal income.

It really doesn’t matter whether you want to start a business or grow one. Whether you want to create your first product or turn your product into a half-million dollar a year business

I encourage you to dream big and set lofty goals for yourself. That’s part of what makes life worth living.

But you must understand, the key isn’t so much what the goal is, but how you act on it.

Once you’ve set your goal, big or small, you will do much, much better if you spend more time thinking about your ‘first steps’ than just the big picture dreams and goals that you’ve laid out.

To get to your big dreams there are a lot of steps in between.

And many of those steps might not be as exciting or as fun to think about as the big endpoint you’ve identified as your ideal destination. But often it’s important to focus on the very next steps that you need to take in order to move towards your goals.

It’s the combination of hundreds or even thousands of little steps in succession.

But most people don’t recognize that, so they look for the magic bullet.

The quick fix.

And while this isn’t good news if you’re looking for immediate gratification, it’s great news if you’re willing to start stepping.

Because you understand that the magic is in the process and the process begins with that first step.

And don’t think that you’re stuck taking what you may feel are baby steps for long. Once you’ve achieved these first small goals, start to increase them.

You might want to go from taking that long weekend to a full vacation or from adding $500 in monthly income to $1000.

Before you know it, you’ve put a series of steps together and you’re well on your way to achieving your big goal.

But before you can run, you need to walk.

So to quote Dr. Denis Waitley – “There never was a winner who was not first a beginner.”

Here's to your success and your goals whatever they may be :)

The most important thing you can do to make your goals a reality is that first step.

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