Monday, January 6, 2014

Take One Small Step Today

Robert Maurer in One Small Step Can Change Your Life opens the door to limitless possibilities if you are willing to take one, small step. That's right. One step. Not a giant step. Not a leap. A step.

Stand and take one step forward. Easy, right?

As we move into a new year, create an intention to take just one small step every day that will take you one step closer to your goals.

Want to lose weight? Take one small step today by skipping the bagel for breakfast and having an apple instead.

Want to write a book? Take one small step today by starting the table of contents.

Want to blog more often? Take one small step and write one post.

When it comes to large goals and major challenges, we often are overwhelmed by the size of the task. Need to lose 50 pounds, write an 80,000-word book, deliver a speech to 500 people? If you are like most people, the thought of doing any of these actions causes you to freeze. Procrastination sets in. Fear turns you into a deer in the headlights of an oncoming express train.

The key is taking anything that seems impossible and breaking it down into the smallest possible step. The small steps override the fear and the resistance. You can take that step.

Maurer gives many examples. One that sticks with me is a single mother who worked full time and who needed to lose weight. The mere idea of exercising after a full day at work and taking care of her children at night was too much for her to consider. Did she watch television at night. Yes, she said. Could she march in place during the commercial breaks? Was that possible? Sure, she replied. Anyone can do that. She did. Soon, she was finding 30-minutes a day to exercise. Marching in place for one minute during a commercial was doable. It got her into action. The rest came more easily.

What are you resisting? Where are you procrastinating? Break it down into one small step and take it. Step by step you will achieve what today seems impossible.

Action: Where can you take one, small step today?

Let me know what small step you took today.

Patricia Haddock delivers bottom-line results for organizations and entrepreneurs by delivering training programs, creating strategic inbound content, and developing profitable product and service packages for her clients. Watch for Entrepreneur Academy coming in January.

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