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The Coronavirus has rocked the financial, business, and health world. Unfortunately for some, it also is rock bottom. 

JK Rowling said, "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."  In a strange way, problems provided firm footing for her to take that first step out of fear toward future success. 

Napoleon Hill, in his powerful, best-selling book Think and Grow Rich, suggests that even if you don't know the exact path to success, take a baby step. Something significant will come from that tiny, first step. 

Vishen Lakhiani states, "Baby steps telegraph your intentions. Baby steps show you're standing at attention and you've received marching orders. You may not know the optimal path yet, but your boots are on and you're willing to go into the big wide unknown."

 Zig Ziglar famously said, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

Baby steps are especially important when it comes to rebounding and rebuilding. Here are a few potential first steps to take:

  1. Establish new remote "work from home" habits. 
  2. Design an exclusive home work space that puts you in the best possible place to reflect and respond to challenges. 
  3. Create a "Vision Board" with your dreams and audacious new goals.
  4. Secure that SBA loan that buys you time and gives you a financial ramp to rebuild. 
  5. Seek out "peer to peer" accountability relationships. A Harvard Business Review article by Joseph Grenny states that peak performance happens when peers practice "universal accountability" holding each other accountable. 

There's a lot of science around priming your brain's reticular activating system (RAS) to notice the positives. When you imagine and visualize a successful outcome, your RAS is more likely to pay attention and aid you in ignoring objections and obstacles. In the same way, taking a positive baby step toward your new goals trains your brain to be on notice that you are serious about seizing them. 

Don't estimate the power of taking that first baby step on your road to rebuilding. It might very well be the most strategic step you take!

And as always, the link below is a value added resource on today's topic. Kevin Kruse in Forbes magazine shares some great insights on how and why top performers (8%) hit their new years goals. Those same principles will help propel you in your pursuit of rebounding and rebuilding. 

The importance of first steps in reaching your goals!

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Topics: Goal setting, Sales, sales habits

Dan Whitfield

Written by Dan Whitfield

Dan is dedicated to "coaching up" small business owners and leaders of growth-oriented sales organizations. His goal is to help you get where you want to go. Faster.