As the blues song tells us, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” The lyrics say something we know is true but don’t always admit: Getting someplace great requires a lot of work (and maybe even some pain). Although success can look easy, it rarely is. If we want something bad enough, we have to earn it.
There’s a reason that Stephen Covey’s first “Habit of Highly Effective People” is “Be Proactive” – it’s because you can’t get anywhere without taking that first step. And only you can make that first step happen.
Want your garden to look wonderful this summer? Grab a rake and get rid of that winter debris today. Want to be in shape for the summer? That starts with 25 sit-ups before bed tonight. Want to grow your customer base? Update your marketing plan. Do it today.
Good work! You’ve taken the first step. Give yourself a nice pat on the back – and keep moving forward. Be confident that any progress toward your goal – even if feels incremental – is positive. It might take a while to get where you want, but at least you’re on your way!