Your first step is the most important one – take it right now!

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!

Barb

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