Motivational Speaker Suggests Taking Baby Steps to Success

Take baby steps today to move you toward your goal tomorrow

Marilyn Sherman suggests taking baby steps to build momentum

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 :)


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Wahoo! Speak it sister! Baby steps! Count me in! Big dreams don’t happy in giant leaps, they happen in tiny steps. That’s my motivational speaker’s mantra. For some reason I am reminded of the potty training process for my son – one of the tiny steps we thought we would never get past. Here’s the story of that:—Of-Potty-Training&id=818323

  2. Thanks Marilyn! As a motivational speaker I can sometimes fall into the trap of talking a good game… I just left a meeting where I found myself getting frustrated because I wanted to take a helicopter ride to the top of the hill. Thanks for the reminder that the helicopter’s probably not coming and the sooner I start taking steps… even baby steps… the sooner I’ll get to the top of the hill. Who knows, I may enjoy the climb and learn something along the way… or even discover a better hill to climb :-)

  3. You have touched on the most important message I impart as a motivational speaker on health and wellness, Marilyn!  I healthy meal at a time, one bicep curl at a time, one yogic breath at a time, until it becomes easier to do because of the positive effects you feel from doing it!  Hurray for the power of baby steps!!

  4. As a motivational speaker, I not only talk about baby steps, but I practice baby steps.  Because you are SO right, Marilyn, looking a some big looming destination compared to where you are right now, can seem so overwhelming that we want to give up.  I got my Master’s Degree at age 41.  I didn’t even START back to undergraduate school until I was 27.  I just took one or two little college courses in my home town every single semester until all of a sudden I looked around and I was graduating from undergraduate school, and then graduate school.  Pretty cool – those little baby steps…

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