Today’s article is about the power of Baby Steps and how this practice helped me to leave corporate to work for myself full-time. Read on…
Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now. ~ Jonatan Mårtensson
There’s something magical about taking small steps. My business started four years ago as a hobby that grew into a business while I worked in corporate. Last month, I left my job to work for myself full-time with the proven solid business and financial foundations in place to pay myself, cover my bills consistently and focus on what I love to do!
Best part is, I have the privilege of really making a difference in the lives of my clients!
Now, people ask me how I did it.
And they want the magical pill, the shortcut, the “one” thing that made it all happen. Well, for one, I received a ton of support. Classes, workshops, coaches, mentors, supportive family and friends and of course my loving husband Chris.
In addition to the support, what helped the most was the power of baby steps. The power and beauty of taking one small step in the present instead of waiting to do it in the future. The truth is, right now is all we have. That one action step is all there really is.
And we’re fooled by that nagging voice in our head that says: “Just one step?! You’ll never get anywhere if you just do one step. Take BIG steps! Let’s BLOW this Popsicle stand!”
The problem with the big steps, though, is that they scare the crap out of us. And they’re often unrealistic. So we take no action. (Which, by the way, is EXACTLY what the nagging voice wants from us. To stay comfortable. To stay the same.)
When we listen to that voice, it keeps us stuck and prevents us from moving at all.
My first coach introduced me to the baby step principle. And I loved it. She told me if I stayed on the path, “I couldn’t NOT get there.” This philosophy has served me well over the last four years.
If you have a bold goal for yourself: getting out of debt, saving for a house, going from underearning to charging what you’re worth and getting it, or launching your own business to leave corporate one day — whatever your personal mountain might be, start small. And start this very second.
Just one action today. And then repeat tomorrow. And the next day and the next. When you’re not sure what the “right” next step might be, get help! Get training and support. Sometimes the next step is to admit that you don’t know what you don’t know.
But trust me, over time, baby steps do add up. They reach critical mass and create a snowball effect. You will be astounded by the results.
So what small step will you take today?