The Power Of The First Small Step

“The great composer doesn’t set to work because he is inspired, he becomes inspired because he’s working. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart wrote with regularity than an accountant uses with figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.” – Earnest Newman

It’s been said that in order to succeed in business you first have to be in business. The first step toward inspiration or that next big idea is to simply start with something – anything. Take the first small action step and you will find it has a tremendous snowball effect.

  • Make that first phone call
  • Write that first blog post
  • Write an outline for your book idea
  • Send that resume

It always sounds overwhelming at first. You may not know how it is all going to work out. Forget about all that.Who cares. Just START! 

What can you do today? That is the only question you need to answer in the beginning. When I first started this blog I was so overwhelmed. I had no idea how I was going to come up with enough content. I wondered if anyone would even read what I wrote. Heck, I didn’t even know how to publish what I wrote. I had to learn everything from scratch. I knew I could create something that could help a lot of people, but truth be told I almost quit before I even started.

“The secret to achievement is not to let what you’re doing get to you before you get to it.” – Lloyd Cory

That’s where I think most people miss it. It’s ok to start something and not have it all figured out. The secret is to learn while you are doing. Once I started taking action, new ideas and inspiration started rolling in. One thing would lead to another, and another, and so on.

What big idea or aspiration are you sitting on? What is holding you back from taking the first step? What have you got to lose by taking action? Decide right now to take the tiniest little step possible. Whatever that may be… just do it. Then do it again tomorrow – and again the next day – and the next – and…

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer

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  • Blair

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    Sometimes the most simple things speak the most profoundly. I really enjoyed this post, thanks.

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