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In the first installments of the DART series, we talked about dreaming big. We learned that you have to get to a place of internal quiet and stillness so that you can see a clear picture of what you want to accomplish. Then we looked at the importance of taking action and following a roadmap to destination success. Now it’s time to move on to the third letter in the acronym, and what is our next step in the sequence: “Reflect.”
Ever since I was a young child I have had a fascination with planets, stars and just about everything that relates to outer space. I can remember one summer of excitement where I had the opportunity to participate in space camp with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. We learned about the space program; performed space-like experiments; and boosted our knowledge about and appreciation for science and mathematics.
Our final activity at the summer camp was a much anticipated trip to the moon! Now, I was only about nine years old, so I was under the impression that we were really taking a trip to the moon! In fact, if I recall correctly, we had to get permission slips signed by our parents and guardians. I was shocked that my mom signed so easily! No arguing back and forth; no explaining my position and reason why I thought the trip was a good idea; none of that. She just signed! (Perhaps, I should have caught on to the reality of the situation, since our spaceship controls were homemade from popsicle sticks and other household supplies. So what, I was nine!)
Anyway, the day finally arrived for our launch and exploration of the moon. I was ready to have a blast (no pun intended – well, maybe)! Turned out the most dangerous part of our mission, though, was the lights being out in the room so that we could all watch our simulated launch on the big screen. Nevertheless, I was excited to use my expertly and hand-crafted dashboard to land our lunar module on the surface of the moon.
“That’s one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.”
When he stepped off the platform of the lunar landing module onto the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong forever changed the world. It was indeed one small step taken by a man, but it meant a shift in the belief of what was possible for humankind. Only a few decades prior the possibility of flight was still being explored, yet America was now celebrating a successful end to a multi-national lunar race.
So what does all this have to do with my business? Glad you asked! If you are like many entrepreneurs, you are likely taking small steps every day toward your goal as you follow your GPS. You are getting up everyday; making your calls; writing your articles; doing all the things necessary to build success. At first glance – and especially while you are doing them – each of these activities may seem insignificant. The reality is, however, that you are making giant leaps toward accomplishing your goals everytime you complete a task. The person who is faithful in “the little things” will be faithful with much!
As you reflect on your activities, consider all the little things that you are doing well. Perhaps, you scheduled a meeting and actually kept it. Maybe you hit a roadblock but successfully took a detour. These are all small steps as you navigate the path; as you continue to faithfully plow your way along life’s sometimes tumultuous journey.
Whatever happened this week or last; whatever happens tomorrow, remember: keep up the pace; keep the faith. You will arrive if you keep going!
Reflect on that.