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One Step at a Time

July 15, 2010

This morning, after being out at a seminar last night until almost midnight, I had a 9:00 am meeting scheduled with someone. It’s hot and humid in Phoenix at this time of year, and I woke up with a headache, probably at least in part due to the weather and partly due to lack of sleep. I didn’t want to go to the meeting, but I knew that if I went, it could mean an amazing opportunity. And if I didn’t go, I’d never know what I may have missed.

So I got myself ready, dragged myself out the door, and worked on my attitude all the way to the meeting. I was running a bit late, usually a reason to start panicking, but today, I told myself that everything happens in perfect timing and that it would be okay, and I relaxed. I missed the parking area, and had to circle around to a different parking lot, which put me a little further away, and a little later, and, to my dismay, three flights of stairs up from where I was going. With no elevator in sight, I made my way down the stairs and walked to the meeting place, only to find that the person I was meeting wasn’t there yet. A reprieve?

I sat down to wait, and wasn’t there more than 15 seconds when I spotted him. I walked over and we greeted each other, he apologized for being late, and then we sat down for our meeting. The meeting was delightful. We talked easily and many ideas were exchanged. I left the meeting feeling uplifted and glad I had gone, even though my headache was still going strong.

After the meeting, I walked back to where I had parked my car. When I got back to the place where the stairs were, I took a deep breath and started to climb. As I previously mentioned, it was hot out, and humid, and my head was pounding, but with each step, I reminded myself that I was getting closer to the top, and soon I would be there.

I couldn’t help but think about climbing the stairs as a metaphor for the things we need to do in order to reach our goals. Sometimes we need to do things we really don’t want to do, but we know it’s the only way to get where we want to go. And so we put one foot in front of the other and take that next step, and the next, and the next. After one flight, I noticed a door and decided to explore. Sure enough, out of the sun and just a few feet away was an elevator. I gratefully walked into the shaded garage, over to the elevator and rode the rest of the way up.

In that moment, I realized that I had learned the lesson… Success is achieved one step at a time, and sometimes, if you undergo that which you may not like, you may find things could be easier than you thought.

The rest of the day was full of wins…. a dear friend of mine sold her house, another friend contacted me about a deal we had discussed awhile ago, an answer to a challenge I had been puzzling over was made clear, a new opportunity was presented to me unexpectedly this evening. My headache has finally abated!

One step at a time is all it takes for miracles to happen.

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