Do you often feel dwarfed by the big success of people like Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs?
Most people fail, not because they are incapable of achieving great things, but because they never take organized action to achieve their goals and aspirations–feeling their dreams are too far out of reach.
Although it may feel like the type of success Oprah achieved is beyond your means, I have a secret that can put even the biggest goals in your reach.
What is this secret?
Stack up your small successes along the way rather than being overwhelmed by all you would have to do to reach your big goal. Maybe you aren’t even sure what all is required to really succeed at what you want. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is having a BIG goal and then taking small actions to get there.
The overnight success you envy isn’t a reality because every truly successful person has put focus, time and effort into their dreams–one day at a time over a period of months, years, and sometimes decades before becoming known and famous.
Ask yourself what is the next step you can take to move towards your goal. Then go do it! Success number one. Next ask, again, what is the most important thing you can do to move closer to your dream. And again, begin. Success number two, three, four, and… soon you will have stacked up so many little successes that your dream will feel within reach. Maybe you will then decide your original goal is not big enough and you will stretch even farther!
The longest journey is begun by the first step.
Rather than fear the distance, start moving. Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey had no idea at the beginning of their journeys exactly what their success would look like, but they acted on their dreams. Creating a large company, changing an industry, making a big difference in the world, or even ensuring abundance in your own community happens through action. And not any action, small successful actions added together. Too often, people diminish the value of these little wins and in doing so never accumulate enough of them to create the big win. Make sure you value EVERY success. When walking ten miles you would not value one mile over another, they all are required.
I love this question posed by Gary Keller in his book, The One Thing, that sums up the road to success nicely:
What is the one thing I can do (today, this week, this year…) such that by doing so makes everything else easier or unnecessary?
Now that is a question worth asking yourself every day–regardless of your goal!