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Summary: You can do, be and have, anything you want. As long as you get started. Take baby steps: one tiny step after another, even when you have no real idea of how you're going to get to your destination, beyond next step.
Category: Small Business
Baby Steps To Business Success
Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth
You can do, be and have, anything you want. As long as you get started. Take baby steps: one tiny step after another, even when you have no real idea of how you're going to get to your destination, beyond next step.
Taking baby steps involves faith, but faith isn't something you have. It's something you do. Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says: "faith is about realizing that we don't have to be defined by circumstances we find ourselves in. It's seeing that our lives are a lot bigger, filled with far more potential than we usually imagine… we can step into unknown and make a new beginning." (From article "Finding Connection" in The Oprah Magazine, September 2002.)
So how do you do this?
==> One: Decide on your destination
If journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, you need to decide where you're headed.
Where are you going? What do you want? If you want to own your own business, decide that that's your destination. If you want to write a book, decide that that's what you want to do.
Sometimes we're so scared of failing, that we don’t make that initial commitment, that decision. We never say: "This is what I want".
Decide. Right now. And write down your decision. Buy a small notebook, or open a new computer file. When you write it down, both left and right parts of your brain take notice.
If you feel nervous, reassure yourself that all you're going to do is take baby steps. One teeny step at a time, just whatever feels right for you in moment. You won't ever ask yourself to do anything you are not capable of doing in next moment.
==> Two: Wait for your intuition to guide you to next step
Remember that still small voice within you?
That still small voice isn't Spoiler. The Spoiler is a negative demon. It says: "you can't; you shouldn't; you won't; it's too hard; you'll never get there; who do you think you are?"
The knack to handling Spoiler is recognizing it when it chirps up. Here's a cute imaginative exercise to muffle Spoiler.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine Spoiler. What does it look like? Is it big, with a bulging head and massive eyebrows, and --- what's your image of Spoiler?
When you can see Spoiler in your mind's eye, imagine it shrinking. It's shrinking until it's tiny. It fits in palm of your hand. Now pick it up and pop it into a jar, or a box. Something with a lid. Screw lid onto jar, or close lid and lock it.