There are many ways you can try to describe this life we have, this journey we all share… life is a long road, a marathon, or life is like climbing a mountain. Each of these metaphors paints a picture of a long, difficult, yet rewarding adventure comprised of many, many steps.
While each step is small, maybe a meter, each one is vitally important to the journey. Today I may not make a life-changing breakthrough, but what I can do is take a couple good steps closer to that goal.
Instead of taking a poor step, or no step at all, let’s make the decision to…
Take a Positive Step Today.
Mountains are climbed on step at a time. Photo: Jeremyfrimer
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
I personally enjoy thinking about life as climbing a mountain. There are steep ascents, difficult valleys, unexpected storms, plateaus, and there are breathtaking peaks. The moment of arriving at the top of the peak always seems to overshadow the pain it took to get there.
Standing on the peak you don’t think a whole lot about your 4,732nd step as you were climbing up, but it was just as important as the one before, and the one after it.
All it takes is one bad step to twist an ankle or slip and fall. One bad step can set us back quite a bit, that’s why each one is so important.
It can be easy to get caught in a routine, a rhythm, and start to take more mindless steps. Just going through the motions. Those are dangerous times and when it’s easy to slip and fall.
We’re at our best when we’re present with each step – when we’re conscious of where we’re stepping.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
So what can you do today to further you on your path? If you’re working on a project, what can you get it finished this week? Exercise – make yourself show up at the gym this week. Art – write, draw or build something today. Health – make good food decisions throughout the day and night.
These things don’t have to be big, just showing up and putting in the effort is a game changer. Work on one idea. Make a plan. Take a step.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
So let’s take a good step today. Let’s think about our day and the week, what we want to do, and how we can help today. Let’s be conscious today and do something to help ourselves. It doesn’t need to be a gigantic leap, just take a breath, lean forward and…
Take a Positive Step.
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