It’s the little, consistent steps that forge any path. Careful adherence to our daily routines, healthy habits and beliefs carve out the Path we want to achieve. And bad or unhealthy steps inhibit that path, even if it is as small as a little chocolate donut. You may be thinking the rabbit wins the race by jumping from one event to the next. Maybe you are a rabbit and this has worked for you but I am willing to bet there are some small steps you count on. Steps that are out of your Control – like waiting on others, timing, and patience. The combination of steps needs to be carefully planned and yes – they include help from others.
It is the first weeks of May and that means many skilled and unskilled people are attempting to summit Mt. Everest. There are climbers who have spent years training and climbers who just went out to buy their sub-standard gear. There are professional lead climbers and guides and natural native climbers called Sherpa. As a group, they will attempt to summit the tallest mountain (29,029 ft) in the world on Thursday. (I have included a link to the story below).
Each day, I am carving out a path of small steps and know I am making headway on my overall goal. But, I believe I am at the “Dip”. A term coined by Seth Godin to signify that place of quitting right before you reach the goal. I am at the dip because a few of my steps are faltering – belief in myself, consistency, and I may have a hint of burn-out. I must stop to rest, look at the crowd of people able to help and hand off some of the load. In fact, delegating is a very good small step to take. In the process of reaching my goals, I don’t need to do it alone. Solo climbs are really not necessary when you face a mountain like Everest
Link to story on The Guardian: http://gu.com/p/4j34d?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
For the month of April, my blog topic was “failure.” How ironic, I failed at writing anything on this topic until now. Everywhere I look, failure has become a badge of honor. “Fail quick and often.” “It’s better to fail at something you love, than not to try at all.” Even – “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
I get failure – a failed audition, a failed class or a failed relationship are all a part of my path. But failure is not a part of my vocabulary. I don’t see the inability to complete a task, a plan and effort in business, as a fail. In mid-stream, ideas flow in another direction. Choices to recover or save a project are the natural way to run a business. Like risk, failure can be planned out.
In the month of April, I haven’t allowed failure to focus me. I have been making plans and taking steps – the topic for May. I can bypass failure by making plans and taking steps in the direction of my goals. That’s all I do and I think I am in a pretty good place. With the help of others – I keep moving ahead.
Today, I am writing down my business plan for a 2nd adventure. I have read many books and today I step over the great crevasse of fear to put my own words into the universe. What a quiet thrill to see my future ignite before me. Failure is possible….or not. That is why I do it!
I share this because I know in business, fun, faith, music, life – we are all connected. I need your encouragement and hope my ideas will encourage you. Not encouragement in the form of a phone call or pat on the back. But as an accountability. If I post a goal out for all to see, I am starting the clock to make it work. So here I go!
To follow a dream is to express myself. I acknowledge the possibility of failure in its outcome but I don’t consider taking a leap of faith as failure. If a project fails, stalls or succeeds, I count it all as a learning experience. I do believe we need to feel the feelings of failure in order to understand our ability. When I succeed, failure is still a central part of it. It is my comparison, my reference. As I teach students to sing, I also let them know the risks, highs and lows. But “risk” is another post topic.
Your work is not too much for you to handle. Take it one step at a time. Today, I began by finding the right pickaxe, the right latter and then I took 1 step after another. That 1 step is success.