Golden Wisdom: One Foot


Put one in front of the other; things’ll work out. ~Stan and Elaine Mrus


These two very simple sentences hold the key to working yourself out of any rough patch: keep taking action—the best common sense steps that come to mind—and things will work out for you.

Oftentimes well-meaning friends and family will console you by saying things will work out. This is true to a degree. Things will work out in that your crisis-response to the rough patch will fade over time.

But that doesn’t mean that things are working out the way you hoped they would!

Without taking action and instead allowing things to work out as they will, more often than not, they won’t work out the way you hoped or wanted. Instead, what happens is that you become used to whatever difficulties the rough patch brought to you. For instance, it could be that you’re now making less money and you’ve adjusted your budget and lifestyle to accommodate that. You don’t like it, but you’re used to it and you draw comfort from telling yourself that one day things will get better.

But that isn’t really ‘things working out’!

To make sure things work out in your favor you need to take action! You need to take steps to ensure that things work out the way you want them to.

Your homework today is to combine taking action steps with the belief that things are working out for you. You may not know how they’ll work out but know that as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, things will work out.

Break the action steps into little pieces and small parts. Break those down until you get to little bits. If you need to, break those down even further until you get to the teensy jots and specks that are just the right size for you to quickly and easily complete.

Then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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