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My Thought for the Day…April 4, 2019…Take the First Step!

 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just to take the first step.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Take the First Step

It is easy to fall into that state of mind of fear or paralysis when contemplating starting something new because we can’t see the entire path, process, or outcome. It usually takes a leap of faith, just start and assume all will be well and things will fall into place, easier said than done, right?

We do this every day if you think about it. We get in our cars and assume they will take us to our destinations. Most of us have no idea how they work, they just do, and we assume we will safely get where we want to go, and we do.

Taking the first step can also be a barometer, the proverbial toe in the water… Just because you take a step in a new direction doesn’t commit you to that new direction, you might just be feeling the waters so to speak. But if you are paralyzed with fear, you may never know if this was a feasible option for you, or not. It might linger in your mind as a “could have been”, you will never know.

So, give it a chance and take the first step, whatever it might be. Do some research, take a class, talk it out with a trusted friend, or consult an expert in the field. Just knowing you tried puts you ahead of most people.

Have a great Thursday!

 

My Thought for the Day…April 1, 2019…Get Started!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney


So, Get Started!

An idea will only remain an idea until some action is taken.  It may be the most beautiful idea, but it will only continue to live in your head until you initiate some sort of action.

No matter how small, any action is better than none.  Write it down, do some research, talk it out with a trusted friend, just get it out of your head.

You may find that after taking some actions that your idea really isn’t feasible anymore, but that’s ok.  At least you found out, at least you gave your idea a chance in the tangible world outside of your head.

And new ideas will quickly come to fill the place of the old.

Have a great Monday!

My Thought for the Day…March 29, 2019

suzygoebel.com/blog, Mary Kay Ash
“Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.”

Mary Kay Ash

Today’s quote is from Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay cosmetics. I am personally not a fan of the company as I once was aggressively stalked by a Mary Kay lady. But I do have to admire the woman that in 1963, built an empire offering women never heard of before opportunities to succeed in a male dominated world.

Its gotta start somewhere right? Every great accomplishment begins as an idea, even a stroke of genius sometimes. We all have them from time to time, the question is what do we do with them? Do we have the energy, time, and drive to see them through? I guess that is what sets us apart from Mary Kay Ash, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and others like them.

I wonder if Mary Kay Ash could see the future empire she was building, or was she just moving one step at a time and seeing where it took her? Grandiose ideas of a huge empire, in the beginning, can be hugely overwhelming, enough to make you think it is just too large to accomplish. Maybe that is where people get stuck and give up.

I once heard this allegory of driving in the dark, where you can only see 10-15 feet of the road ahead of you, but you have faith the road is there, and of course you make it to your destination, 10-15 feet at a time. Maybe that is how we need to look at implementing our ideas, 10-15 feet at a time?

Have a great Friday!

My Thought for the Day…March 19, 2019

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’  Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

-George Herbert

I have found personally that it is always better to be doing something than nothing.  When I am doing nothing, that is when the fear and and anxiety creep in.   Doing even one small thing helps to break that mindset, and even better, one small thing usually leads to more small things and before you know it, you are moving again!

Have a great Tuesday!