Welcome! Where did January go? It is the 28th already! Wow! And the days are never going to stop and wait for any of us to play catch up. Recently, a task I had not tackled for a while suddenly fell on my plate and it was not funny at all. While I knew that I had what it takes to deal with this assignment, the magnitude of the work that was required just made me not want to venture into starting.
I spent days agonizing on the volume of work that is required for me to get this done, I whined about the number of hours and days I will have to spend stooped over the computer dealing with it. I spent over a day scouting the internet for software somewhere that will deal with the work while I had my hands free to do ‘other’ stuff.
The problem was while I was busy doing everything but the work, my deadline was quietly creeping in on me! Eventually, it dawned on me that I had wasted four days doing nothing but going round in circles… the software I found can only be helpful if I took the initiative and started to do the work one page after the other.
Finally! I woke up from my slumber with the reminder of something I had always known; that all I needed to do was take it one step at a time, and even though it may take a while, I will get where I need to go. Even though I was looking for a magic wand that I could wave to get the work done in the blink of an eye, it was never going to happen. I had to do it precept upon precept, line by line. Even with the software, I still had to take it one little step after the other!
Darren Hardy in his book The Compound Effect, says “No matter what you learn, what strategy or tactic you employ, success comes as the result of the Compound Effect”. In simple terms, it doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve with your dream in 2013, it doesn’t matter what lofty plans you have, there are no magic carpets or wands, you will have to do it one step after the other.
The very little steps of success that we take, will all come together to make the big bang that we are looking for. I know you want the really big contract, where you will earn so much that all your problems and needs are met all at once, (Is that ever going to happen?), it will take the smaller contracts where you have excelled to prepare you for that big one.
I know you will rather have your business situated in a particular area of town and you will rather have certain kinds of clients, what will an office in a choice area of town do for you if you have no track record of successful baby steps with happy small clients.
As January ends, and we all are reflecting on how we have done, please be encouraged that it is not the big or giant steps that constitute the success that you desire, it is the little every day steps that you take towards your dream that will compound into the huge success that you are looking for.
So if you have been too busy chasing the giant leaps that you did nothing about the baby steps, February is another opportunity to begin small and keep doing the little things until pooled together they make a really great mass of success.
Slow and steady wins the race, it is about the steady disciplined steps… they may not seem like much now, but if you keep doing them, they will come together soon enough to release the bang that you seek.
You may not be flying yet, at least you are crawling, it may not seem like much, it is still movement, and if you keep it up one day you will begin to run and maybe even fly. No matter what, with every baby step remember, you will make it NeverTheLess, after all, little drops of water can make a mighty ocean.
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