Everyone acknowledges the importance of that first
step. Volumes of books are written on the subject. Empires
are built upon them. But there is another moment, that
is just as important; if not more so.
It’s that second step.
The second step not only defines our direction,
but also the pace, intensity and commitment to reach our goal.
Things to note about that second step
Was it made with more confidence than the first?
The first step is usually the toughest one. If the second
one is made with more confidence, it usually indicates that
the first step was met with favorable results.
Is it still in the same direction as the first?
The second step sets the course. Are you heading in a direct
line or perhaps an arch? Or is it a step back? If that’s
the case, then the second steps tells a whole lot more than
Is it a baby step, or giant leap?
Baby steps might indicate that you’re still a bit hesitant,
or perhaps you need something more to make the larger steps.
Remember, you’ll need a lot more baby steps to reach
your destination. Determine now if you want to keep taking
those, or start planning for bigger steps.
How soon did you take the second step?
That’s setting your pace. Is it something you can sustain?
Do you need to adjust it faster or slower? Keep in mind that
the long haul has to be sustainable, so the second step should
be in “step” with the first.
What is the impact of that step?
Sometimes the first step is met with great resistance by others,
but the second step isn’t; other times, it’s the
other way around. This will tell you a lot about the environment
that you’re trying to succeed in.
Is it getting easier or not?
It’s said that things at rest remain at rest and things
in motion, continue in motion. What that means here is that
it SHOULD be getting easier with each step; because you’ll
have momentum on your side. If it’s NOT getting easier,
time to quickly assess your situation and adjust accordingly.
After all, there’s a third step just waiting beyond.