“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. “
With it being the start of the new year I figured this quote was appropriate for the month. We’ve all spent some time contemplating what our 2012 goals and resolutions will be so now it’s time to take the first step (well technically you should have already taken that first step since it’s now January 3rd : ), but you get what I’m saying). Only 362 days to go which may sound daunting, but the key to achieving these new goals and resolutions is to keep that end goal in mind, but for the time being, putting more focus into the small steps that are key to getting your to your destination.
Look at these smaller steps as small victories. So you make it one day without having a soda…that’s as a victory. You made it to the gym 5 times this week…congrats, that’s a victory as well. With every step, a new pattern of change is slowly occuring. We all know change doesn’t come easy. It’s crucial to have clear direction, high levels of motivation, and a supportive environment for change to be successful. So yes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but a single step doesn’t necessarily guarantee the long journey. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to recognize and celebrate the first step, as well as all those smaller steps to follow.
Most of us are quicker to complain or feel defeated than to praise. But in order to be successful on your journey, you have to look for and acknowledge all the bright spots and steps…regardless of how tiny they are. Just stay patient & focused and you will make it to that thousandth mile!
Happy New Year! : )