Be thankful for the one. One step forward, one page written, one child encouraged, one heart strengthened, one person eating well, one bed made, one load of laundry folded, one desire fulfilled, one prayer answered, one smile, one…
Never underestimate the one thing.
Every book began with a page of writing, and every blog began with that first post. A relationship begins with a smile between two people. The knowledgable person began their journey with one item of information. New forests begin with one tree. (I was reminded by this post.) Revolutionary technology begins with an idea. Each business starts with one client.
One. It could be the start of something big!
I’m encouraging you to be thankful for one thing – that first item, or the next one thing on your list. Why? Because it has value. (And yes, I’m talking to myself also.)
It’s so easy to gloss over what you’ve already accomplished because you’re desperately focused on all you have yet to add to your resume.
Consider this tweet from Simon Sinek:
One way to appreciate the “joy of the start” is by being thankful.
Be thankful for the one thing.
I challenge you to write down what you’re thankful for – today. The one thing. Just one thing. What one action have you taken that holds value? (And value is subjective – you decide.) Here are some ideas on how to record it:
- write it on your bathroom mirror (I like these kids’ washable crayons.)
- use a sticky note and put it on your microwave (’cause we usually stand in front of it as we count down the seconds)
- get the 365 gratitude app for your phone
Maybe you already do this “being thankful” in some form?
If so… YAY you! Leave a comment on how you’ve developed being thankful – where do you record it? Do you add those items that you’re accomplishing?
Or leave a comment on what your ONE thing is that you’re thankful for doing today!
Let’s all celebrate – together – taking one action to move forward.
… and then record it again tomorrow.
And the day after.
Until your microwave is filled with sticky notes or your app has 365 notations, or you can’t see yourself in the bathroom mirror anymore because it’s so full of those “one” actions!
You can. Yes. It’s just that simple.
Wait. Hang on. Hold up. Pause.
Why? Why wait?
Will the moment ever be right? And if we’re waiting for that mythical just-right moment, how much will we miss?
(Oh, yeah. I’m preachin’ to the choir here. Waiting is my pass-time. I’ve spent 50+ years practicing the art of waiting. <sigh>)
“Do not wait for the right moment.”
NOW is the right moment.
Or it could be if we don’t let it pass.
Let’s get real here: sometimes it’s just laziness that has us waiting.
Or maybe it’s just me?
Am I the only one who is waiting and it’s not a good thing?
Let’s spark some urgency with a few questions:
Imagine all the good stuff we could miss out on…
- What won’t be birthed if we wait?
- Who will be impacted negatively if we pause?
- Where won’t we go, should we hang back?
- What won’t we experience if we sit tight?
- And if not now… then when?
If not now… then when will the “right moment” come?
Take action. Do it NOW!
Imagine if you couldn’t fail – what would you do right now?
What if you could positively impact a whole group of people (or maybe just one precious soul). Where would you take action today?
There are amazing sights, sounds, fragrances and experiences about to be added to your history…
Benjamin Franklin didn’t wait.
I’m participating in a challenge to write every day – in this challenge I’ve also been reading other posts. The second item in a post on Benjamin Franklin sparked my thoughts today, “Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea… ” I think we’d all agree that he accomplished quite a bit in his life. Right?
You are capable of so much.
Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces. You are capable of SO much!
Forward is forward.
Yes, you need to know your trajectory, but try not to get hung up on your speed. There’s always a pace you’d rather be experiencing, but it might not be what’s really happening. At least right now.
Forward is forward – your speed doesn’t matter.
Speed is personal. What I think is fast might not be fast to you – and vise versa. So, maybe, if we champing at the bit or feeling “less than”, we all need to do a little insight gathering.
What’s insight gathering? It’s reaching out to others to learn on a topic that’s relevant to you both. It could be formal, or informal. It’s often used in business and marketing. Do you have a group of peers with whom you share? Maybe a little chat is a good thing if you’re hung up on your speed. Just remember – you are unique, so stay away from comparing.
Give yourself a break.
Forward is still moving toward the direction you’ve chosen. Your speed will vary according to the season you’re in… some seasons don’t lend themselves to a fast trajectory. And sometimes, unbeknownst to us, a slower pace will get us further. You may be gathering speed for a future burst!
Graphing your progress – an idea:
I’ve been learning about bullet journaling, and there’s an interesting graph concept used in this process. It shows pace over time… take a look at what I mean when tracking healthy habits or for business tracking.
How have you dealt with moving slower than (you or others) expected in an area? Any advice?
Leave a comment and share – (see… that’s me, asking for insight! LOL)
Our inner push to set goals or our outer need for achievement and affirmation can poison our current spot. How to deal with the issue of comparison-itis? Read this…
We all want to reach that desired outcome, don’t we?
However, how willing are we to travel the bumpy road that’ll lead us there?
Giving up is easy, but giving up rarely leads to where we want to go.
Hang in there – persevere.
Have faith that the road is worth the effort.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Do you have a goal you’re pursuing that’s leading you up a difficult road?
Hang onto your vision – that idea of what the end destination will be like. (You have imagined it, haven’t you?) Write it down. Share your struggles and desired end with a trusted friend. Persevere.
And most of all, notice the difference your struggles are beginning to make in your character.
Yes. It’ll all be worth it. In more ways than you’d imagine…
…suffering produces perseverance;
and character, hope.
Read more about perseverance and positive people here.
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
That’s a quote by Mark Twain.
Is he right? Maybe. Maybe not. From my personal experience, finishing is more difficult than starting… but not everyone is alike. For some it’s starting that’s a barrier. Either way, to finish anything you do need to begin.
As I write this note to you, it’s a popular time of year to start something. (New Years.) Each year I choose a particular word to focus on during that year, as opposed to resolving to do something new or different. What do you do?
Not everyone is a fan of resolutions at the beginning of the calendar year – of getting started on better ways of living because of a date on the calendar. Regardless of your opinion of resolutions, I wish you happy starting, continuing and finishing.
And just remember that anytime is a good time to start!
Happy New Year.
Is there something you’re starting, or you’ve begun that you’re keen on continuing? Leave a comment…
(For me, I’m not even starting a new “word” this year – I’m doing a second year on the word “thankful”. It feels like that’s a big enough word to last two years! )
Need some encouragment on getting started?- read this!
But as you start, just remember:
from Ecclesiastes 3…
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
We don’t need a new year to hope for something new to begin – true hope is found in the One who makes everything new.
Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Maybe you need to get out of your comfort zone.
Perhaps it’s time to find your fixed point and stop going around in circles.
Could you ask an optimistic person to come alongside you?
Remember – YOU ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH!
Yes. You can.
It’s not too late. You’re enough. You’ve done enough preparation.
(I’m cheering you on!)
Remind yourself – click HERE to download the wallpaper photo below for your smartphone.
I’ve been reading this book… and that’s what has prompted today’s post. Our inner dialogue impacts what we begin and finish. One of Neil Fiore’s suggesions when you find yourself overwhelmed by a task, perhaps feeling unequal to all the effort it’ll take, is to work on the project for a half hour, and then record on your calendar your progress. It’s part of taking credit for the work you’ve done. You’re proving to yourself that you can.