“Success is a staircase, not a doorway” — Dottie Walters
Big tasks are hard, and stop most people from achieving their goals. This is one of the reasons that I like to work in steps, but there is also another reason. I believe in the power of cumulative progress. Let me explain.
Most books, courses, seminars, and workshops promise that they’ll change your life forever and that all of your future success relies on your ability to implement the ground rules they have laid out for you. When I write on Successful Steps, there is no single source that I project the content from. Instead, the information I write comes from a combination of books, podcasts, courses, and life experiences that have shaped my current mindset.
This is not to imply that any single product, book, or lesson is flawed. Many of them provide great value to thousands of people, and that’s fantastic. The tools or strategies that are being told were probably a perfect fit for the provider, but that doesn’t imply they fit for everyone. Often times, the provider speaks on how hundreds of people have changed their life around with their advice and will give you the idea you can do the same.
Instead of putting all of your eggs in a single basket, try to look around and see what ingredients work for your version of success. Many self-improvement experts have brought great value to my life by sharing their wisdom, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without having a wide information stream to choose from.
Here’s how to find which steps to success work best for you.
Research your strategy
Google is a great resource, use it to help you. Think about the presented strategy. Does it align with your values? Does it sound reasonable? Is this idea the best fit you have found so far? Ask these questions and determine if your newly discovered success strategy is worth a shot.
Experiment and personalize it
Knowledge is crucial, but it’s only half the equation. Without action, ideas are simply that: ideas. Knowledge doesn’t produce the results we want to achieve unless we take action and make it happen. When you hear a piece of advice that piques your interest, give it a trial run. Be observant and see how the changes play out. Do the changes give your life a great amount of value? Does implementing the advice make it easier to reach the results you are working towards? Keep questioning your method and tinker with the method until it’s personalized to meet your needs. Even if the experiment flops, you still get lessons out of the experience.
Reflect on what works, and what doesn’t
Even if we do the research and experiment, we need to take a moment and reflect on what has happened so far. Ask yourself where your progress is going, or if you have made any progress at all? Is this a strategy that you have given a fair chance? Is this a strategy that you should continue working on, or should you move on and find one that works better for you?
It’s easy to rely on a single source, a single expert, because it’s easier that running around assembling the pieces to make your own puzzle of success. Making the extra effort to get those extra opinions is crucial to getting a more holistic perspective. There is more than one road to success, you just have to travel a while to see which one works for you.
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