Slow Silent Simple Steps to Success

Although it feels like this long, cold winter is still reluctant to loosen its icy grip, I have noticed that some people around me have taken the opportunity to make some positive and lasting changes in their lives. It seems that they have taken the steps to successfully make these changes slowly, silently and simply. When I complimented and congratulated them on their achievements, they humbly shared with me that they had been quietly and consistently working on their successes over the winter months using practical tools.

I was very impressed by how hard they had worked and how much they had accomplished by staying pretty much out of sight and under the radar. These were life-changing goals that they had set for themselves and achieved without trumpeting them on social media or constantly sharing their progress with others. There was no app for what they had done and how they had done it beyond an appetite for continuous and comprehensive learning and an appreciation for clear and consistent progress.

These inspiring individuals not only generously shared their wisdom and advice but also caused me to question a long-held belief. The wisdom and advice was to quietly and confidently set a goal and then take small, silent and simple steps to achieve it. Instead of talking about their progress, they let the results speak for themselves. Have you ever noticed that a small or significant change in a person or a situation has far more of an  impact on you when you are completely unaware of it rather than when you are being given constant updates on its progress?

The long-held belief that I am questioning and that is causing a permanent shift is that it may be more beneficial to be slow, silent and simple rather than fast, loud and difficult. It may be better to keep a goal to yourself rather than say it out loud, share it with others and make some quick progress at the start. This may also depend on the goal and the type of person that you are. If it is a goal to achieve something that you have never done before and know little about, you may find it easier to tell others about it, ask for their help and use their ideas and support to motivate you. However, there can be considerable pressure that you put on yourself when you tell others. Their expectations and encouragement may cause their agenda to replace yours and cause you to eventually resent or abandon the goal as your initial energy, enthusiasm and ease with which you can achieve the goal are replaced with doubt and despair that it is more difficult and that progress is slower than you had initially envisioned. To avoid this, set the goal and take your first steps slowly, silently and simply. Once you are in a comfortable rhythm and well on your way, you may choose to share it with others or, even better, they will notice and share your progress with you in the form of a compliment and further encouragement.

What is one goal that you can set and start to work on today slowly, silently and simply?


About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 18 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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