By Natalie Ashdown, The Open Door Coaching Group
"All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are often inspired and find the courage within to take a step towards achieving a goal, vision or desire. Something from deep within propels us forward with a speed that exceeds our expectations. But it is when we exceed our expectations that limiting beliefs kick in, to drag us back just a few notches. Call it "tall poppy", call it "lucky", whatever it is, this limiting belief says that we didn't deserve the success that our determination and courage earned for us. It is at this point that we can consider the words of the Master, Emerson.
The courage, determine, excitement, passion and vision that propelled us to this point is within us. It is accessible and alive. It is the second, third and fourth step, that when taken, build the success and belief in ourselves that silence our "limiting voices". Those limiting voices just need proof. They just want to protect us from failure or hurt, so they serve to hold us back. And aren't they masters at doing so! A battle is raged in our heads, knowing that we need and want to move forward, yet unable to do so in the same breath. But proof, that comes from little achievements, little challenges and little successes, the second, third and fourth step is just what those voices need to shhh a little and let the voices of drive, success and unlimited happiness move right on in and step up to the plate.
Feel the excitement of the first step you took towards your goal. Feel the emotion and elation of having "just gone and done it" or having the courage to call upon your amazing resources. Take a moment to feel the tingle. And from this point, look at the next step. See the step, hear it, feel it and run it through your head with a speed that means it is completed in seconds. It is small in comparison, you can see it as small in your minds eye and in its smallness it is achievable because you know that you have the resources within. Take a moment, feel the tingle of having completed, in your heart, the second step.
Now the universe urges you to take the next step, to distinguish yourself and immensely enhance the value of your first step. Align with your fears and give the negative voices the positive proof that they seek so that they can turn to voices of strength, support and incredible self-power. You are good enough. You deserve as much. Don't look back. Go for it.