Success One Step At A Time
Ironically, I came upon the process of “one step at a time” when I was running my first marathon in Hawaii. At mile 18, I looked up and saw that monster, Diamond Head, facing me, taunting me. No way was I going to be able to get to its top and over to the other side! I wanted to quit. Every fiber of my body and soul felt whipped.
Luckily, though, a friend was running with me. “Just put one foot in front of the other,” she said. “Forget about the finish line. Just one foot in front of the other. One step at a time.”
I never forgot that lesson. Since then, I’ve crafted a simple 3-step process to propel you toward the finish line and help you reach your goals!
Step 1: Break It Down
Anything can be broken down to small action steps that can be completed one little step at a time. In every aspect of life, no matter what your goal, remember that you can take small, doable steps. That’s the way you build a bridge, write a book, lose weight, or change your life–step by step. If you find that you’re not taking them, then either the steps weren’t really doable, or you need to go back and check your motivation.
The more specific your action steps are, and the finer you can break them down into doable increments, the more successful you’re going to be.
Step 2: Practice Patience
Just remember, everything you want to accomplish takes time, especially when the goal is a profound one. After all, if it didn’t take time and patience, if it could be done at the snap of a finger, then it wouldn’t be as worth it. Achieving good health and an optimum weight is not a concrete goal that can be reached as easily as multiplying two times two, because factors change constantly in life. You have to understand that the process is ongoing; it never ends. You have to always fine-tune and adjust for circumstances.
Of course, this shift in thinking takes time and patience. Having patience with ourselves make the whole process so much more fun. We aren’t fixated on having something happen immediately. We let it unfold naturally, one step at a time, until eventually we have developed a new habit.
Step 3: Believe You Can Do It!
You can do it! You have the power! Don’t lose faith, even when you feel you have none to lose.
It’s important to state what you want, and what you’re trying to achieve…be very specific!
Stating to yourself, “I’m trying to lose weight” is too broad, while saying, “I’m going to wake up five mornings a week and workout for 30 minutes” is concrete and specific.
Then, keep reinforcing your goal by voicing it out loud and writing it down. This is one of the most important things you can do to make your goals a reality.
Don’t get overwhelmed or discouraged. Remember, habits aren’t formed overnight! Just take it one step at a time.