It Starts With A Single Step

I just returned from spending 10 days riding my motorcycle, off-road as much as possible, from Denver to Memphis. A journey like this is hard to pull off. It takes planning and commitment. It takes skills and calculated risk-taking. It takes a leap of faith to do something that few other people will do. So in other words, it's just like starting and owning your own business.

To actually do this also takes making that first step. You can't go on the journey or succeed if you don't start. Really you can't achieve anything worthwhile without first steps.

I hope you enjoy this short article by Brian Tracy on the same subject.

A Single Step by Brian Tracy

The hardest part of achieving any goal is usually starting in the first place.

You have amazing possibilities and potentials just waiting inside you, but most of them can die stillborn waiting for you to take action. The Nike commercial contains one of the best pieces of advice in the world: “Just Do It!”

“A journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step,” wrote Confucius.

Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be thin? Do you want to work at something you really enjoy? Do you want to make money?

Whatever it is, write it down. Take a few minutes for “Gap Analysis.” Look at where you want to be and then look at where you are.

Examine the gap that exists between the two and think about how you could close, it like building a bridge or staircase across an open space.

What would be your first step? What would be your second step, and so on? Most of all, what action would you take right now if you were guaranteed of success?

What would you do if you had no fear of failure? What would be your first step on the staircase toward your goal?

All great accomplishments begin with a leap of faith into the unknown. They begin when you take action toward your hopes and dreams before you have any assurance of success.

Most people are paralyzed by the uncertainty that surrounds any new venture. They hesitate. They stop. They turn back.

But not you. You know that “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” You know that you have to stick your head up if you want to get above the crowd.

You know you have to go out on a limb if you want to get the fruit, because that’s where it is.

Go for it! Take that first step and everything else will follow.

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