One Step Short Of Success

December 7, 2012

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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.

  1. Great wisdom as always from you Deb. Makes me think also…so often before that ‘one more step’ it’s gotten to the hardest point. A critical point. Like the ‘calm before the storm’ except it’s the ‘storm before the glory’. Thanks for causing me to think…

  2. cg says:

    This is right where I am, Deb. I don’t want to think about taking anymore steps but, because you said so, I will do it.

  3. piercemarrs says:

    Deb, we use a quote from a Rocky movie at our house to make this point.

    “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ~ Rocky Balboa


  4. Marthagisela says:

    Excellent story, thanks for sharing because I needed it.

  5. Hi Deb, thank you for sharing!! I keep persevering but sometimes think how long til you accept this isn’t a win and move on. This young man hit the nail on the head. Don’t be afraid of falling. Take one more step :0)

    • Deb Ingino says:

      Thanks Celeste, it’s hard to do and so often we become so impatient with ourselves, but one stop closer, repeated over time, gets us there. Keep pressing on…

  6. Terissa Miller says:

    One step toward it.
    Today I researched colleges & universities in the area, to pursue a degree in something like child development, or child psychology…

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