One of the keys elements to being successful in life and business is to initially set goals and then get yourself on the right track to achieve them.

Being on the right track however is not always enough, we also need to keep moving, moving towards your goals is made up mostly of small steps taken every day, however at times a small step may not be enough and  we need to take a ‘leap of faith’.

Taking small steps consistently towards your goals.

The first step is always the most difficult.
One huge step is never enough to get you to you goal, small daily steps are more important.
Keep your destination in mind or you will be wasting effort going round in circles.
One you get going all it takes is small steps to keep the momentum going.
And just like a marathon, you need to pace yourself for the journey ahead.

“Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts”. – Tao Te Ching 

Leaps of Faith.

A leap of faith in this context is when we take action knowing there is little evidence of the result except perhaps a gut feeling that we were right to make the leap in the first place.

In business we need to take opportunity when it comes along, we try to rationalise what we do by writing business plans however despite serious time and effort these business plans are usually just ‘guess work’ to rationalise the investment and risk we are about to take.

Times like these we take massive action and take on risk, we take ‘leaps of faith’ based on our belief and when real tangiable evidence of success is not available. It is essential however that we do not do this blindly we must always plan and prepare as best we can.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Summary.

Many new projects require dedicated focused effort, and most people are successful because they have taken small, persistent, and directed steps towards their goal, at times it may be that we also have to take a leap of faith when all we have is our our own belief that we are doing the right thing.

“Small steps will not take you over the crevasse, a leap of faith is the only thing that will get you across to the other side”. –Juvenate.