Success doesn’t begin until you commence the walk down the pathway towards your goals. And, your walk always begins first with a baby step. Why do we call them baby steps? Are they really anything more than our next step down life’s pathway?
Baby steps are the first steps we take as an act of faith. We see others stepping out and we claim our ability to walk by following them. As we grow, we continue our development by taking additional baby steps. Sometimes we fall; sometimes we fail. Thereafter, all steps become an act of faith; we just become more practiced. If you say to yourself, “I don’t want to make a fool of myself” or “I’d better be good at this,” you’ll probably never take the baby steps towards your goals and end up wallowing in your own self-pity.
As a culture, we focus on results. We contemplate every risk that must be taken to reach our rewards. There are few people who are accomplished performers of any tasks the first time they try them. They fail and succeed. Then, they build upon their abilities learned each successive time. They practice their skills and utilize their talents through baby steps before they are ready to showcase them to the world.
So, learn to take those baby steps to accomplish the goals before you. Know that you can lean on God to show you the way. As you become more proficient, your baby steps become a walk, then a trot, and finally a sprint. That’s how our baby steps lead us through the marathon of life.
— Copyright © 2012 Bob Stoess
Bob Stoess is a Retired CEO, prolific writer and wonderful mentor.