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October 2011


One small step at a time

Oct 23, 2011 6:18 PM
Pilar Galiana

Sometimes I think we all need to be reminded that most change takes time and happens one small step at a time. The thing is, I am in need of this reminder so I thought I would share it just in case any of you were feeling the same frustration I have been feeling for the past few weeks.

The thing is, I haven't posted as often as I would have liked. And, I am feeling pretty crummy about it. And to top it off, I am adding a whole bunch of other things to the list that I am not feeling so great about, like having a super yummy and decadent chocolate truffle when I had promised myself I would't have sugar today.

The truth is, I accomplished a lot over the past several months that I have every right to feel proud of. While my blog posts at Ella Says dwindled, I wrote several guest posts for the YWD blog and you should check them out because they are full of info and tips that are useful to, well, everyone.

I worked on my first ever political project and we were successful (in this case re-elected). And I am well on my way to achieving my very personal goal of being more involved in my community. I am even more active than I have been in years, if I am not biking or walking to work, I am going to the gym.

And yet somehow, its not feeling like enough or fast enough me these days.

I read a post the other day by Leo Babauta., the author of Zen Habits, titled How I changed my life in four lines. In this post, he explains how he tackled his debt, changed the way he ate and became a marathon runner and lost 70lbs all by taking four simple steps; making small changes, only making one change at a time, being present and enjoying the activity(don't focus on the goal) and being grateful for every step he took.

All this has me thinking about goals and how many we take on at any given time. As a marketer, I can tell you that the less goals you have, the more targeted and effective your campaigns and ultimately your business will be. One of my favorite getting started books, Get Clients Now does a great job of getting readers to focus on one goal at a time. Are you generating leads or converting them? The idea being that for each 30 day period you focus on one key area.

I find it hard to have one goal, I want my business to be successful, I want my husbands business to be successful, I want to be active and healthy role modle for my daughter and active member of our community, I want to change the way we manage our finances, I want quality time with my family and friends and every now and then I want to sit around and read a book. I am sure I missed something, like the big long list of things that I wish I was better at like remembering people's birthdays, or finishing the cleanses I start but never stick to, just to mention a few.

So how do we get there?

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Chinese Proverb

It really is about small steps and I think it is also about realizing how it all fits together and understanding most thing don't need to be mutually exclusive, it just takes time for it all to come together. Think about Leo the marathon runner, as he ran and started paying more attention to how he felt, he started drinking more water and craving healthier foods, he stared making his lunch more often which saved him money and on and on. I am not saying that is how it happened, but it is easy to see how eventually one thing flowed into the other.

It is easy to look at other people's success and see it as easy, often because we only notice them when they arrive at their success and not all the years leading up to it when they struggled or simply took one small step at a time.

For now I am going to do my best and take Leo's advice:

1. Making small changes

2. Make one change at a time

3. Be present and enjoy the activity

4. Be grateful for each step you take

And you know what, writing this post felt great. Thanks for reading!

Wishing you success in each step you take!

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