A few years ago, Paige and I were out to dinner with some colleagues who run a multiple 7-figure business and we started to have a conversation about this amazing journey called building a business and how connected it is to personal development.
And as we were talking about the experience, the journey, the steps… about where we all started out and then getting where we’re all going, they started describing it using this fascinating analogy.
They said it was like a spiral staircase and then reflected for a moment and said if they had know where the staircase would eventually lead them and how big and amazing their life would be that they weren’t sure if they would have even started the journey, or even taken the first step.
I actually believe that this is the Universe’s way of protecting us from ourselves and our fears.
It’s like Marianne Williamson says,
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”
The spiral staircase is how the Universe helps us become bigger and have a larger impact than we ever imagined possible, without scaring the bejesus out of us before we ever even get started.
And really all growth is like that Spiral Staircase, we just need to take the next step in front of us. And that leads us to the next and the next.
Sure we have to have a pretty good idea where it’s going (or at least where we want to go right now), but we can’t really ever see the “top” when we’re walking up the staircase. Also we can’t see that where we “think” we’re going, which is just a lower landing on a much larger staircase.
What I’ve learned is that the way we get to larger and larger opportunities and experiences, is to take the opportunity that is in front of you…. The opportunity IS the “next step.”
Wallace Wattles tells us,
“Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be; when an opportunity to be more than you are now is presented and you feel impelled toward it, take it. It will be the first step toward a greater opportunity.”
You see whatever the bigger opportunity/experience/manifestation/goal/etc. you desire, it starts with an often smaller opportunity to be just a little more than you are right now.
The thing you desire is waiting at the top of the staircase (along with more Greatness than you can ever imagine), but the only way to get there is step-by-step… opportunity-by-opportunity.
What’s the next step for you? What is the next opportunity?
Make sure you clearly visualize your desire or goal, and then move toward it by taking action on the very next opportunity, then the next opportunity, then the next. Before you know it, you look back and realize you have achieved more, traveled farther and experienced more than you ever thought possible.
Then simply set higher and loftier desires and goals, and allow the Universe to bring them to you as you work your way up the spiral staircase of success.
That’s how we have built our business. That is how we created success. And that is the often misunderstood secret to manifestation…
That is the True “Secret” alluded to in all those movies, books and popular media.
Brian Stark, Director of Strategic Development
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