5 Ways To Keep Stepping Forward
Sometimes you find yourself in a situation in life where your only option is to keep stepping forward. You do not know what the next step will look like, or even take you, but you need to keep moving forward.
When I began my writing process all I wanted to do was write a book. I had no idea the monumental process it would take to get a book published. I was viewing the tip of the iceberg with no clue as to what lay underneath the water. But I was committed to the process.
Getting Through the Jungle
This period of my life is equated to traveling through a densely populated jungle. I knew the destination. I had an awesome guide in Kary Oberbrunner, and a compass in the Author Academy Elite Coaching Program. But it was up to me to take a step each day. Most days those steps felt like trudging through mud up to my knees.
There were times I did not know what I was doing or where I was going. I knew nothing about editing a book, interior design, cover design, promotion, marketing, ancillary material, or even social media. But each day, with instructions from my guide, I would take a step. Many times I had to backtrack and start over. Other times I would move forward on faith. Each time knowing I could not remain stagnant.
Walt Disney stated “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps moving us down new paths.” I do think this was part of my motivation. I was curious, I wanted to see if I could write a book. If I could fulfill this dream which had been stirring in my soul.
But in the process I related to Victor Kiam who stated “Even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward.” I was making progress, it just wasn’t always as graceful as I had imagined.
What I did realize through this endeavor was with each step I was learning something. No step was ever wasted. I learned an incredible amount of information, I met some amazing individuals, and completed a life-long dream in publishing a book. If you are living with a limitation or daily challenge, many days you focus on what you cannot accomplish. When all you should be doing is taking a step. Move forward no matter what, so you do not remain stagnant.
If you are in the midst, or about to start, a similar journey. Here are 5 ways to keep moving forward and putting one foot in front of the other.
1) Keep Stepping Forward
Movement forward is absolutely important. If you ever stop, even for a brief moment you will be tempted to quit. The momentum you gain by moving forward can keep you rolling even during times you may not know the next step. Even if you are only taking small steps,or as Kiam states “falling on your face”, it is still motion moving you forward. This progression is the most important point in getting you closer to your goals.
2) Do Not Be Afraid to Back Track
You may move forward and realize you are not quite in the place you want to be. Do not be afraid to back track. It is all part of the process. The time was never wasted and there was always a nugget of information to learn. Especially if you want to repeat this process in the future. You learned something not to do next time. Or you learned how to repeat a task more efficiently or better in the future.
When you do have to back track make sure you are taking the time to reflect on the experience. Write it down and incorporate it into your notes in order use the experience wisely. I am very excited to begin work on my next book because of what I learned in this journey. The only wasted step is one not reflected upon properly.
3) You Are Going to Fall Down
When you are walking through a place you have never been you are going to fall down, you are going to fail. It is inevitable, but not destructive. It matters less how you fall down or what you trip over. The difference is getting back up and continuing with your journey. Again, you need to always have your ultimate goal in front of you in achieving your dream. But some days you may only need to concentrate on the next step.
The only failure is one you do not get up from. If you fall down and do not get up, then you have given up on your dream. There will be tough times and distractions. Get in your head before you start the journey will be challenging. Then commit to always get up no matter what you encounter. You always want to be in a place to take another step.
4) Enjoy the Experience
If you go through this process heads down you are going to miss many of the wonderful opportunities happening along the way. Your journey will be tough, but it can also be extremely enjoyable. You need to have your head held up in order not to miss these experiences.
If this is a new area for you, then you will be encountering a series of first. Don’t forget to enjoy the experience. Celebrate the milestones, like getting your edits back, your final front cover, your proofreading edition, or your launch. Whatever your goals, do not miss the opportunity to celebrate the small victories. You will never have these “firsts” again and they are worth celebrating. These milestones are also encouragement to take the next step.
5) Don’t Forget to Look Back
When you are taking your steps forward you also need to remember to look back. Have you been on one of those hikes, where it was pretty grueling? But then at one point you look back down the trail only to realize you have covered an incredible distance. The same is true with what you create. Although the process might be grueling, when you take the time to review the ground you have covered it can be pretty amazing to see how far you have come.
When you feel stuck, or feel like you can’t go on. Then take a little time to reflect on the ground you have covered. If you are pretty far up the mountain you do not want to turn around before reaching the top. Take the time to see how far you have come and use the motivation to take the next step.
Never discount your dreams, but also never think they are going to be laid in your lap. You are going to have to work hard and put in the effort, but the journey itself is well worth the work. Find your dream, create a plan, dig deep, and then start taking the steps. It may be the greatest journey you ever travel.
What are your dreams? Have you figured them out? Do you have a plan to get there? Check out the bonus material at The Raging Sloth to define your journey today.
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