the power of the baby step

The power of baby steps by Tiffany Han

If you've spent any time around young kids, you understand the concept of baby steps. 

First they pull up. Then they creep along, holding on to something for guidance. Then they start taking one or two tentative steps, looking up at you for reassurance, making sure that this is where they need to be. 

There are falls. So many falls. 

They fall all the time, perfecting the art of drunk-walking, learning to fall back on their bottom instead of forward on their face. 

And they keep getting up. Keep trying again. Keep taking those steps. 

Over and over and over again. 

Baby steps. First steps. Next steps. 

That's how we all learn how to walk. It's how we learn to do everything. 

Until we get to a certain point where failure isn't an option anymore, where perfection from the start is the goal. We forget about the learning and focus on having the right answer. 

We decide that if we aren't sprinting from the get-go, it's not worth it. 

We forget that the value is in the combination of every singular step not the moment when we realize we're running without even trying. 

We stop learning how to fall because falling is a problem. A Problem. That we are embarrassed about. 

We forget that falling is okay because it means you're trying. 

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I've been in business for myself for five years, and in that time, I've fallen. A lot. 

I've heard crickets. Heard no's. Heard doors of opportunity closing quietly in my face. 

And it's stung. It's left me wondering when it will be my turn and what it will take for me to finally gain some traction. 

But I never let it stop me. I kept going. I learned how to fall. 

And, over time, the falls got easier. There were fewer of them. Because I kept going. And trying. And raising my hand and saying yes. 

And I figured it out as I went. 

Over and over and over again. 

And this is what you can do too. No matter what your journey is, you've started by being here, by opening this email and getting this far. 

Maybe you're still in the pulling-up mode of just holding on to the couch and you aren't sure where to go. 

That's okay. 

Wherever you are is okay. And you are doing great. 

Just remember to keep stepping. Keep looking around. Keep figuring out your very next move. You'll get there. You really will. 

I promise. 

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**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching