As a motivational speaker, I meet a lot of people who feel overwhelmed by the huge hills they think they have to climb in order to feel successful. Well, sure, if you look at the very top of where you want to go from the bottom where you stand, it will feel overwhelming and even at times daunting. Unfortunately, many people look up and lose hope of ever getting to the top. I’m reminded of fellow speaker and friend, Dr. Nido Qubein who told me once that ” It’s okay to be disappointed, not not okay to be discouraged.” I like that because it reminds me how important it is to continue to have hope, aspirations, and encouragement in yourself to continue on your path to success. How do you do that? Baby steps. It’s all about baby steps. What can you do today to get you closer to your goal? What call can you make? What letter can you write? What connection can you reach out to? Baby steps. The beauty of baby steps, is that you soon string several days of baby steps that turns into weeks and then months and whew! Look at the progress you’ve made! Last September, I was frustrated that my efforts to finally lose weight stalled. I had hit a platuea and my motivation was being challenged. (Yes, a motivational speaker challenged with personal issues!) With the support of my husband, I made some drastic changes. I changed the way I ate and joined a Hot Pilates studio for some serious boot-camp style pilates in a hot room! I didn’t look at the weight I wanted to lose, I looked at what class I would take today. Baby steps. Each day I took a hot pilates class, I rewarded myself with a star on my wall calendar. Soon I saw stars every week adding up to momentum. I kept going and still to this day, I look forward to my hot pilates class – a baby step – that is bringing me closer to my ideal weight and shape. Because of these baby steps, I have let go of 30 lbs, and I’m am very grateful! I look back and see how far I’ve come and get excited to continue the journey, one baby step at a time.
From your not as big as before motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman