You may not be able to see what is at the top of the stairway, but to climb to the top, you must take that first step. Every achievement, accomplishment, and success starts somewhere. Every task, large or small, begins with a first step. That first step can sometimes be hard to take, yet one small step can lead to results you never imagined.
Everything does begin with the faith to take that first step. But when you are contemplating something that is new or is outside of your comfort zone, taking the first step can seem very difficult. Some people let their fears dominate and never take that first step. the fear is not because the first step is difficult; it is the perception that the first step looks difficult. Who wants to make a mistake and look ridiculous, right?
Even when you do find the courage to take that first step toward your Big Dream, there is no guarantee you will find success the first time. Sometimes you take the step and don't get what you wanted. But when you do face your fears and take a risk, you will find it easier the next time, and if you learned from your mistakes you may even do it better.
Taking risks and overcoming your fears is the way to program our subconscious--the more you do certain kinds of things (especially challenging and difficult things), the more you become comfortable with them, and the more they become habit.
ACTION: Step outside your comfort zone today in a least one way!
The concept that little things matter is a somewhat basic idea. When you face a choice, you can take a simple positive action. Or you can take a simple negative action. Simple actions, repeated over time, will determine the life you will lead.
Every day, every hour, every moment of your life, you face a choice. People who feel successful and those who don't feel that way do so because of the little choices they make about what they think, say, and do.
The little things that lead to success are easy to do, and easy not to do. They can be as simple as being impeccable with your word, having a positive mental attitude, and always doing your best. The steps can be very small -- as small as choosing a different response in the moment.
You will find that small actions compound over time. For example, if you exercise for an hour a day, you won't see much difference after a couple of days or even a week. But after a couple of months you will notice a big difference. A little effort each day will result in huge rewards over time. If you read just ten pages of a good book every day, it might not seem like a lot. But after one year, you will have read more than two dozen 150-page books! It is the same with learning another language, playing a musical instrument, or improving at a sport. A little practice each day will result in huge rewards over time.
Action: What simple activities can you do today to become the person you want to be a year from now? How many can you list?
What does it mean to be innovative? The term innovation, along with its shopworn adjective, innovative, and its breathless verb, innovate! has become every product manger's rallying cry, every design consultant's pursuit, and every press release writer's staple. The words been wrapped around everything from the latest Apple I-something to a new scooter. So how can one term be used to describe such vastly different things? In essence, what does innovation really mean?
Technically, innovation is defined merely as "introducing something new". There are no qualifiers of how groundbreaking or world shattering that something needs to be--only that it needs to be better than what was there before. And that's where the trouble starts when an organization requests "innovation services" from a consulting firm. Exactly what are they really requesting? The fact is, innovation means different things to different people.
What does innovation mean to you?
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