I have been thinking lately about folks who succeed versus those who don’t. Sometimes the distinction is as simple as taking just one more step in the right direction.
For example, there’s a high school student who has failed one class, and that one class means he cannot graduate. He has a choice. He can take a summer school class and then graduate, or he can give up. That one decision will determine the course of his life. He will either go on to a successful career or scrape by on poverty wages, depending on this decision.
Yes, one step is that important.
Maybe you’re unemployed and have sent out 99 resumes. But you stop. What if the 100th resume would have landed you your dream job?
You start a business. Believe me, that is no easy undertaking. You hit a roadblock and consequently give up. What if success was just beyond that roadblock?
You have a dream. But it seems the dream is fading. If the dream is right for you, take one more step toward it. Your vision will be clearer as you do.
There was an inspirational story on the news this week about a young man who, as a teenager, was the victim of a horrific car accident on Christmas Eve. His father and his brother’s girlfriend were killed in the accident, and doctors told him he had a 1% chance of ever walking again. Well, on December 22, this young man will walk down the aisle and marry the girl of his dreams. Why? Because all along the way, he was determined to take just one step. That principle governs the course of his life.
We all go through tough times and hit obstacles. The key is to take one more step. There is wisdom to that verse that talks about falling seven times and getting back up. That’s the key – get back up. Take that next step. Obstacles very often come right before turning points. Push through!
Sometimes we need help, wisdom, and encouragement in order to take that next step.