Small Steps

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I love the idea of small steps. Con­sis­tent small steps in the right direc­tion are a sure way to cre­ate a happy, joy­ful and suc­cess­ful life and career. And the great thing is; if you make a small mis-step – and step off the path, it is only a small step in the right direc­tion to get back in step.

I will use myself as an exam­ple. I am try­ing to lose some weight – well, a lot of weight – actu­ally I am try­ing to lose 100 pounds. For just over a year I have been mak­ing small, con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive steps in that direc­tion – and I am now step­ping at about 77 pounds lighter. But if I do have a bad day and sim­ply can­not resist the french fries – I have only missed a sin­gle step – I can get back in step at the very next meal.

Another exam­ple: I just read a sta­tis­tic that stated that 42% of col­lege grad­u­ates do not read a sin­gle “edu­ca­tional / self help” book after they grad­u­ate from col­lege – not a sin­gle one!!!  If you were to take the small step of read­ing just one self-improvement book every two months (6 books a year) – you would be in the top 1% in Amer­ica for self-learning. If you were to read one book a month (12 a year) you would be in the top 1% in the world for self-learning. So here is my sug­ges­tion for a small step you should take… ded­i­cate one hour a day to read­ing a book that will help you improve your life or your career and you will look up in five years and be in a much, much bet­ter posi­tion. I promise!


by John Spence

John Spence is the author of “Awe­somely Sim­ple — Essen­tial Busi­ness Strate­gies for Turn­ing Ideas into Action.” He is an award-winning pro­fes­sional speaker and cor­po­rate trainer, and has been rec­og­nized as one of the Top 100 Busi­ness Thought Lead­ers in America.
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