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by Christine Kane

Let's say you had a baby.

Congratulations! Your baby is the best human ever!

You love your baby. You celebrate as it starts to crawl. You and
your partner delight
in this baby's every new adventure.

Then, one day, the baby stands up on her own. "Yaaaaay!" you
cheer. You clap your hands. The baby smiles and laughs. You
think, "Wow. She's gonna learn how to walk. Isn't that great?"

One evening, you and your partner are on the carpet playing with
your baby. Suddenly, your perfect child stands up again. She
braces herself on the coffee table. Your partner grabs the movie
camera. You call your parents in Idaho so they can listen to the

Your child lurches forward. You all gasp and hold your collective breath.

Then, CLUNK. She falls onto her butt on the carpet.

"Awwwww," you say.

"Dang," your partner says.

"Well, I guess that's it. This one just wasn't cut out for walking," your parents say from their home in

"Oh well," you say. "It just wasn't meant to be. Bummer."

You hang up the phone. You turn off the camera. You take the baby up to bed. Tomorrow you'll
begin the search for a bigger stroller because your kid's obviously gonna have to get through life
on wheels.

Get the idea?

And yet, how many of us are already acting like this with our plans for the coming year or with our
own new beginnings?

Your project, your dream, or your goal is your baby. If we all gave up on our kids as much as we
give up on ourselves, then we'd have a race of humans with big calluses on their knees!

The Best Way to Take Action: Baby Steps

Every big project or goal can be broken down into baby steps. Little lurches forward. Sometimes
they're clumsy. Sometimes they don't even seem to make an impact. But this is how
anything gets

* Years and years of built up clutter get sorted and thrown away
one drawer at a time. (Plan for
30-minutes a day in one zone of the house - not "Get rid of clutter.")

* Years and years of reckless eating and unhealthy habits
get shifted one work-out at a time. (Plan
a 45-minute work-out 5 days a week, and a once a month visit to an acupuncturist for a year - not
"Lose 50 pounds by June.")

* A song gets written in fits and starts. Hour by hour. Moment by moment.
A flash of an idea. Then
an edit. (Schedule in an hour of songwriting time in the morning. Start with scales to warm up. Not
"Write Lots of Songs.")

* A coach builds her practice
one client at a time. (Schedule a daily system for authentic
marketing. Not "Get 50 new clients by March.")

That's how it works.

Stinks, doesn't it?

Actually, no.

This is
the good news that no one ever tells you.

When you get this concept,
you'll never be afraid of failure again. When you learn how to
break a goal down into baby steps, and how to complete something fantastic using this method,
then you have
the key to doing anything. When you understand that everyone falls down and
gets back up again (some of us on an hourly basis!), then you need only to
trust in your strength
to get back up again.

The only block is your ego.

Your ego wants it to be done now. Your ego wants to move through life risk-free, foolish-free,
discouragement-free, mistake-free, tired-free. And the best way to trick your ego (and yourself) into
letting go a little bit is to
take baby steps.

If you read the comments on my blog post on New Years Day, you noticed that many people chose
the word "Courage" to guide them through 2009.

Baby steps take
courage. Baby steps are a huge risk to your ego because they are so easy. SO
! The ego wants big deals, major accomplishments, huge weight-loss, and fast results. In other
words, the ego likes adjectives, not nouns. Those adjectives guarantee that you'll stay stuck and
never try anything new. Over time you'll get that deals, accomplishments, weight-loss, and results
feel pretty good -- even without adjectives.

Now, try this:

Take a goal you chose for the new year, and ask yourself, "What one baby step could I take
every day to complete this goal?
" And then (and this is the big challenge) get out your
calendar and schedule it in there daily for the rest of January.


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