Small Steps

by John Spence on · 8 comments

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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Joy July 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What a wonderful affirmation! Until I read your words, I had celebrated small steps for the momentum, but hadn’t considered that a small “mis-step” is easy to correct for, when noticed. Thank you for that insight :)
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marquita herald July 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

First of all congratulations on the wonderful progress you’ve made on your weight loss plan! I also am a BIG fan of small steps – in fact when I set a big goal for myself what I do is first clearly define the goal then start working my way backward breaking the process down into small steps to the point of where I am now. Working backward like that helps me to not miss important steps along the way, as well as to gain valuable insight on a realistic time frame. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Deone Higgs July 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I love the idea – as well as practice – the making of small consistent steps to achieve one’s goals. It’s how I finished my first eBook, and it’s also how I am going about finishing my first published piece, also. Congrats on the accomplishments on your end, John! Thanks for sharing the awesome piece! :)
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Jody - Fit at 54 July 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

LOVE!!! I am all about baby steps or whatever it takes! :-) CONGRATS!!!!
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Audra Krell July 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Really wonderful way to think about a mis- step. They are just small, not the end of the world, and we just take a tiny step forward to get back 0n track. Congratulations on your weight loss, another inspiring part of your journey.
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Lena July 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

I really like your point on preferring the small steps. A couple of years ago, I used to make big resolutions, but I always felt disappointed, when I couldn’t realize them. And after a while, I started with baby-steps. And with a series of baby-steps, I also could reach my big goals.
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Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan) July 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I’m soooo with you John. I’m also trying to lose some weight, though a smaller amount. Instead of trying to do it ALL in one big effort, I’m changing my eating habits, PERIOD. Everything in life is about increments…unless, of course, you win the lottery!
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chanikacha December 13, 2012 at 3:48 am

Awesome Information! Well in terms in our life we need to overcome any trials that comes in our life. We need to have faith in our self.
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