What’s your dream?
Think about it—what
is the one thing that you would love to see accomplished in your lifetime? If
I had to guess, it’s probably pretty big. And that’s a good thing—as long as
what I say next doesn’t discourage you:
Everything big started small.
I’m sure you remember those famous first words of Neil
Armstrong as he walked out on the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one
giant leap for mankind.” The funny thing about that historic achievement is the
first steps were taken long before that infamous “first small step.”
President John F. Kennedy birthed the vision in a speech at
Rice University on September 12, 1962 when he declared that the United States
would “go to the moon in this decade.” Because the President chose to make this
endeavor a priority and aligned the budget accordingly, we saw the vision come
to reality seven years later on July 20, 1969.
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand
miles begins with a single step.” That is so true! Don’t let your big dream
overwhelm you before you even begin—start
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “One is not born into the world
to do everything, but to do something.” According to StrengthsFinder 2.0, every person
can do one thing better than the next ten thousand people.
What’s your one thing? Find it and focus on growing it
John Maxwell shares an eye opening thought about the compounding effect of doing something small to grow daily: “If you start with just a single penny and double it every day for thirty-one days, you end up with $21,474,836.48.” Just consider the possible return from practicing your one thing with excellence every day!
Remember, success is
gained in inches, not miles. Maybe the first step for you is a small
change. Trying to make big changes too quickly can paralyze you with fear
because it can appear unachievable.
Try organizing your desk to be more efficient, rearranging
your calendar to get more out of your day, or reading a book that broadens your
perspective. Any small change that can make you better is worth making.
The greatest mistake I see young leaders make is attempting
to skip the small steps in the beginning. When they do this they end up missing
out on the many important lessons that must be learned before big steps can be
taken. They spend all of their time looking around at other leaders doing big
things and get tricked into thinking they should be there already.
It may sound simple but the only place you can start is where you are.
Don’t be fooled: success is a journey, not a destination. And it all starts with one small step.