Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A JOURNEY OF A 1000 MILES… FORMULA
Good day and I hope you are having a great week. I am getting philosophical today to make a point. You have undoubtedly heard the saying “…a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step”. There is a big psychological lesson in that saying that I want to explore and as always link to The Law of Attraction.
I was contemplating weather I should do my “Insanity”™ workout or not the other day. Usually if I don’t get the workout out of the way in the morning, I get lazy and find excuses not to do it. I was testing a theory so I got the DVD and put it in, and sort of lackadaisically started with the warm up. I was, as you may guess, not very much into it. As the warm up proceeded and I started to stretch I got more and more pumped up. Then the core of the workout began and before I knew it, I was done with my 60 minute workout. I have found this to be true more often than not. Once I start something, no matter how unattractive the task, things start to get rolling and it gets done. On the other hand when I bitch and moan and find every excuse to avoid the task, not only the task does not get done, but I find myself in a worse mood than if I had just bit the bullet and got it done.
Along with the “just get started” portion of the formula goes the persistence to complete what you started. This is a trait that was ingrained in me by my mother. Even when it came to reading a book, she could not put a book down once she started it, even if she hated the story. I don’t take it that far, but it is a very important part of my foundation, that once I start something I need to finish it.
How does this fit into The Law of Attraction (LOA) scheme of things? Well let’s explore it together. When you set some goal or desire into motion, you are presented with opportunities to take action. These opportunities rarely flow to you all at once and are set up like a row of dominoes pointing from the beginning to the end of the project. In fact I would venture to say it never happens that way. More often than not, you will get an opportunity, or an inclination to take a small step. Maybe an idea pops into your mind to do something small. Once you complete that step, as if by magic, other doors open leading you to other action steps. As you step through those doors more and more things happen and before you know it, you have what you want. By the way this is where most people who do not succeed with LOA fail. They want to have it all right now. If they cannot see the “how” of the whole project they do not take the baby steps, or if they do, they give up after one or two steps. In Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill mentioned, and I am paraphrasing here, that success tends to test you to see if you are ready for it. It rarely just gives you the prize. Well it is all in the same context of taking a step and sticking to it. You grow when you take baby steps. You learn, and the good thing is that if you stumble, and surely you will sometimes, it is a lesson that you need to learn and can afford to learn. Imagine not gaining the experience necessary to run a multimillion dollar company by starting small and learning the ropes. The mistakes can be astronomical as compared to the small business mistakes you make. You learn one step at a time so when the bigger opportunities come, you do not make the colossal mistakes.
This concept is very well demonstrated in the 80% of the lottery winners who are broke or worse off within 3 years of winning the jackpot. They were not ready, or prepared to handle that kind of money because they were not comfortable or ready to handle what they had before. If you cannot handle a $50,000/year salary what makes you think you can handle a $5,000,000 / year salary. You are smoking crack it you think you can handle that. You may think you can, but you are wrong. I really like the way James Arthur Ray puts it in his book Harmonic Wealth: “it does not take a better man, but it does take a bigger man to handle more wealth”. You have to grow to be able to handle bigger things. This is not just about money. It is equally applicable with relationships. If you cannot love yourself or cannot stand to be alone with yourself what makes you think you can love someone else? You can’t.
In summary, start taking the baby steps. JUST START. THEN CONTINUE ON ONE STEP AT A TIME. It is amazing how well things go if you JUST START. Try to put this lesson into action today. What is that one thing you have been putting off? Do it. Just start doing it NOW.
I hope you enjoyed this post. As always please put a comment on my Facebook Page and / or my Twitter feed and tell me what you think. If you have real life experiences that you think can benefit others, post them there as well. We can all learn from each other. Remember the more you share the more you get. If you want help, start by helping someone else. Till next week, here is to your Success.