Have you ever noticed how often we hear the term, “take massive action”? Sure massive action is great, but it’s also a bit relative from person to person isn’t it? Plus, just think about the word itself. Doesn’t it imply that it’s going to be hard, or overly difficult to accomplish?
Sure working on your dream is going to take some level of effort. Most anything truly worthwhile does. But hard? (Massive makes me think of mountains… personally climbing a mountain makes me think I’d better be ready to sweat!..lol) Where’s the enjoyment in that? (the sweating, not the mountain climbing 🙂
So while I’m certainly not going to claim that taking “massive action” is a bad thing at all… I am going to say that even the smallest of actions can be a very good start towards stepping in the right direction towards achieving your hearts desire…
Have you ever heard the saying, “success begets success”?
Essentially what that means is with each sense of accomplishment you experience (no matter how seemingly minuscule you may see it at the time) very often it’s enough to move you forward towards the next target you’ve set your sights on.
Consider a person whose just started running or jogging — and eventually moves up to the level where they are ready to run a marathon. Rarely does he or she start out feeling as though they could finish the race, much less enter one prior to building up to that point in their training.
Yet, overtime as they get in better physical shape (i.e. experience one small success after another) they eventually reach the point where not only do they believe they could give running a marathon a chance, but they could even finish the thing, and perhaps have a shot at winning it.
That my friend is what we are talking about when we hear the saying, “success begets success”. You see, each time we stretch beyond one of our self-imposed comfort zones we are in essence experiencing… success leading to another success. Our belief system expands to the point where what once appeared inconceivable is suddenly no longer quite the challenge we once saw it to be.
It’s a lot like building muscles. When you start out with an exercise program chances are, your body is not going to be used to it, and as such, you may feel as though you’ll never get to a point where you could ever imagine enjoying it.
Stick it out however, and before long you won’t feel good unless you’ve gotten that work out in before the day’s over. That’s the old saying, “success begets success” in action.
Give some serious thought on the quote above. Really ponder it in your mind for a bit. Write it down, repeat it throughout your day when you’re faced with challenges. And as you force yourself to move through those challenges (no matter how uncomfortable they happen to appear at the time) notice how the feeling of fear towards the particular thing has lessened once you have reached the other side and attained personal achievement in your particular endeavor.
It’s your life, LIVE BIG! Josh Hinds 🙂
* Josh Hinds is the author of Why Perfect Timing is a Myth: Tips for Staying Inspired and Motivated Day in and Day out! and It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG!