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Derived from Within"
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2006 – “The Longest Journey on Earth Begins with a Single
longest journey on earth begins with a single step."
Lao Tzu, 6th century Chinese philosopher
recently saw this quote again and it made a tremendous impact.
I printed it out on a single page and just stared at it.
From this single line all of the recent interactions that I
have had began to flood back to me in the form of questions.
How many people do I know, how many Clients do I work with,
how many Executives are frozen in time because they will not
take the single step?
coach, Jennifer White always used to say to me, “Vickie,
change is messy”. I have learned through the years
that, not only is change messy, but it is hard and sometimes
even hurtful. So why is it that there are so many self
help books on the shelves of our local book stores?
Because human nature’s basic instinct is to get better, to
make changes, to try to improve on what we have. In
order for change to truly take place in one’s life, the
motivation to achieve the goal has to be so strong, or the
return on investment so great, that the initial step can be
here is the question for each of us:
New Year’s resolution did we make this year?
one thing do we want to accomplish for ourselves that would
improve our life?
are we doing in accomplishing this task?
If the answer is, “Not too good” then the question
“What is holding you back? Have you taken the first step?”
are some schools of thought that say, ”Plan Big”, “Think
Broadly”, “Go for the Big Dream”.
my experience, I say “Start Small, Think Miniscule”, and
you will be successful. Making reasonable resolutions
that allow you to take small steps towards your ultimate goal
will give you many win-win situations and get you to your
idea is all about “the
we make many choices. Making the “right” decision,
every time, even on the smallest of things, is what will give
you “the slight
edge”. Making small decisions and taking
the first step that will inch you towards your goal, will end
up catapulting you far forward in the end.
about the decisions that you made in the last week. Hopefully they went something like this:
will call that customer who had the product problem to see
if they are happy with the resolution.”
will take a solid hour first thing this morning to tackle
that difficult budget issue.”
will leave a voice mail for the person who coordinated the
meeting and thank them for a job well done.”
of waiting for tomorrow, I will work out today.”
will have the salad instead of the cheese-burger for
will work through lunch and deliver the report 3 hours
taking the first small step everyday, and many of them, you
will begin to create positive energy.
is truly an amazing thing! The more positive the energy is,
the easier it is to build on it, to duplicate the movement and
to get things done. Every time you have a decision to make,
take the high road: take the single step that moves you closer
to your ultimate goal. Be relentless, do not stop, and
build on your last positive decision. You will be amazed at
how quickly your first steps compound into great
your New Year’s plan, whatever your resolution, whatever
success looks like to you in 2006, begin with a single step.
Congratulations, you have taken the first step to deriving
results from within.
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