Keep On Stepping
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time – but we must keep on stepping! (Chinese Proverb)
Today I wanted to say a couple of words about persistence.Aï¿½ If we want to succeed at anything in life we must persist.Aï¿½ The dictionary* definition of persist is 1) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition; 2) to continue without interruption.
When we make a change in our lives there will usually be opposition of some sort.Aï¿½ Sometimes it is from family or friends (“You can’t startAï¿½a business in the middle of a recession”) and sometimes it can be ourselves opposing the change (“I really need a cigarette!”)Aï¿½ To become successful in our goal, whatever it may be, we must ‘continue steadfastly despite [the] opposition’ we are coming up against.Aï¿½
Don’t get distracted from your goal by other things that look enticing as this interrupts your journey to success.Aï¿½ If you want to start your own business, make that decision andAï¿½then take the necessary steps in that direction.Aï¿½ If you want to quit smoking, again, take the necessary steps that will work for you to reach your goal.
As the Chinese Proverb above states,Aï¿½ we only need to take one step at a time in the direction of our goals but we must keep taking those steps.Aï¿½ This relates back to yesterday’s topic.Aï¿½ If you know where you are and where you want to get to, try and plan the steps you need to take.Aï¿½ You may have two steps to reach your goal or you may have a hundred (see tomorrow’s post) but you must take that first step.Aï¿½
You may not know how many steps you need to take to reach your destination.Aï¿½ If this is the case, you just need to make sure you take the first step.Aï¿½ The second step will appear if you look for it.Aï¿½ Martin Luther King Jr said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”Aï¿½ The first step could be the act of making the decision that you are going to start your own business or quit smoking.Aï¿½Aï¿½One thing is for sure, once you take that first step, you must take the next step, and then the next and keep taking stepsAï¿½until youAï¿½reach your destination.
Think about this one: even if you set off from London and took just one step everyday, you’d still eventually reach Edinburgh!
I wish you every success on your journey.
*Collins Concise Dictionary 4th Edn. (1999) Harper Collins, Glasgow.