One More Step
One more step is always possible: from the lowest station in life to the pinnacle of success.
“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur... Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.” — John Wooden
Even at the pinnacle of success, kaizen encourages you to go one step further... to be a little bit sharper, efficient, faster, stronger or better. This mindset is common among elite athletes who continue to break records and creative minds who continue to produce one amazing innovation after another.
In the quest to be the best at what you do, there is always One More Step. That small step forward pushes the boundaries of what you once thought possible.
You don't have to be a pro athlete, an olympian, a master of your craft or a world-renowned expert in your field to adopt this mindset. You must simply accept that improving a little bit more is always possible. You must believe it.
When you combine this mindset with a task that is meaningful — your purpose — there is little under heaven and earth that will dare challenge you.
Regardless of your current condition, abilities, disabilities or lot in life, you can self-direct a path in life. Countless figures in history have proven it: Demosthenes, Gandhi, Amelia Earhart and Theodore Roosevelt just to name a few.
They all overcame soul-crushing impediments on their paths to greatness. They did so largely by...
Accepting those things outside of their control with grace, humility and determination.
Focusing relentlessly on what was within their control.
Read their stories and understand that One More Step is all about perception. It is about treating adversity and every other obstacle as a challenge to grow, where you revert to a child-like state of not knowing any better. Everything in your environment becomes a signal about what works and what does not work... about what brings joy and what does not.
Adopt the One More Step mindset today and continue leveling up in your adventure. After all, you simply won't know any better!