“Have patience with all things but first with yourself.”

Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.”  Francis de Sales

As much as we might like it to be otherwise, change is an incremental process.

When we forget this, we often lose patience and jump ship halfway towards our destination.  Part of getting to where we want to be is appreciating that we’re going in the right direction and continuing to put one foot in front of the other.

How do you cultivate the patience to stay on the step-by-step path towards achieving your goals?

A thousand small steps make up a marathon.

Small steps are the necessary building blocks that make up an epic journey.  As much as I might like to jump straight from writing in my living room (where I’m sitting now) to driving my car out (where I’ll be in a couple of hours), I first have to stand up, walk out the door, go down the stairs and to my car.  Then, I need to open the door, sit down, put on my seatbelt, start the car, and finally, I can begin driving.  Like getting in a car, movement toward any goal is made up of much smaller steps.

When it comes to shifting perspective, a little change can go a long way.

Try the following experiment: Stand up!  Take a good look at what is directly in front of you. Hold that image.  Now turn your body just slightly to the right.  Take another snapshot.  Is this view much different than the first?  Yes, it is!  Now, turn your body another little bit to the right.  This view is almost entirely different from the first, isn’t it?  Despite hardly moving, your perception and reality have changed drastically.

What about setbacks? Often, change happens with two steps forward and one step back.  What happens when you take two steps forward and one step back?  When you add a bit of rhythm, it becomes a dance! The one step back is simply part of the dance.  The total of the steps is still moving you forward.

This is how we learn, and why are we here but to learn? It is through our challenges and steps back that we find out how to move forward and how to be ourselves. Moving backward then forwards through the dance of life is an essential part of maintaining work-life balance.

As you move towards the life you want to live, design your changes to be doable and give yourself the patience you deserve.  And do not forget to savor your journey, step by baby step.

What’s one small step that you’ve taken towards the life you most want to live? What’s your next step?

If you’re ready to embrace your goals and achieve work-life balance, click here to learn about executive coaching, and apply today for a free Discovery Session to get clear on your next steps on your journey toward a life of impact and joy.

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