Although merely an arbitrary line in the continuum of life, the calendar year-end is often a time of reflection, recalibrating and planning. Of greater value, is building this into a way of being, such that is not overwhelming. After all, accomplishments are merely the product of a series of single steps taken one step at a time.
As you know, I love to travel long distances on my motorcycle. Sometimes I look at the road stretching out endlessly in front of me and wonder how I’m ever going to get to the end of it. It seems, and is, so far away. Yet I know I’m already arriving, one mile at a time.
This approach is simple, but not always easy. Making it your daily practice, helps achieve consistent, superior results over the long-term. It requires discipline, courage and persistence. This process can be applied from the modest to the monumental in personal, professional or relational situations.
5 Simple Steps for Success
- Know where you’re going. Every step counts no matter what direction we go. As a minimum, it teaches us lessons. Having clear goals and intentionally stepping in that direction conserves energy and helps us arrive sooner.
- Take a step. This is the hardest part. It’s where fear tries to hold you back, where resistance usurps your energy. Changing your perspective to realize you only have to take a single step eases the pressure.
- Write down your accomplishment. Have at least one for every day. Physically writing it down imprints it and builds the base from which the next step is taken.
- Celebrate success. It doesn’t have to be grandiose but do something to reinforce your value to yourself.
- Repeat. All you need to commit to is taking one step. The next one.
This process builds confidence, positive change and creates momentum. By doing one thing well each day, you experience success each day. It soon becomes a way of life.