HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP!Written by Ron Sathoff
Quite a few years ago, I was enjoying an afternoon in park with a couple of friends of mine. One of my friends had brought her dog, and as we were playing Frisbee, another dog came out of nowhere and started viciously attacking my friend's dog. One of my friends, Mark, reacted instantly, running to dogs and managing to beat off attacking dog and causing it to run away.
What did I do during that momentary instant of chaos? I froze. I stood there. I just stood there, watching whole thing. Even now, even though it was a minor incident taking place 10 years ago, I still look back at that moment with shame. I resolved that I would never let fear keep me from taking action when action was needed. With a few exceptions (of course), I like to think that I've been able to live up to this resolution.
I think this lesson has an important parallel in business and marketing. One of factors that keeps a lot of people from succeeding is fact that we are usually afraid to push our limits. That means we end up taking safe route and never understanding what we are truly capable of.
Take, for instance, starting a home business. Most people have dreamed of owning their own business, or at least supplementing their income with a side venture. However, 99% of those people don't take risk to actually take first step. They are afraid that they will lose money, or that they will fail, or that they will just look silly.
BELIEVE YOU CANWritten by Sharon Dalton Williams
When you were a child, perhaps you heard story of "The Little Engine that Could." From what I recall (I haven't read story in ages!), there was a tiny little engine that had to make it's way up a large mountain pulling many cars of a train. At first, little engine thought task was too big. But then it decided to give it a try.
All way up large mountain little engine kept repeating, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." Eventually, with time, patience, and consistent effort, little engine pulled train up over top of mountain.
On way down other side, little engine happily repeated, "I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could."
When you take a look at goals you have for your personal and business lives, it may seem to you that you have two huge mountains to go over. You may be feeling a lot like that little engine and think there is no way you can achieve these goals.
I'm sure you've heard expression, "You have to see it to believe it." If this is how you look at life, then you will never get anywhere you want to go.
The truth is that in order to reach any goal, large or small, "You have to believe it to see it."
When you envision something in your mind, your mind sees a picture. Your mind cannot tell difference between a picture you are creating in your head and a picture your eyes are looking at. According to your brain, it's all same.