Just the next step…

We’re just at the end of our second week at the lake, and although it’s been cooler, we’re still having fun. Here we are on the high ropes course at Monkey Trunks.

This is our 4th visit to Monkey Trunks, and the 3rd time we’ve done the entire course together as a family (the first year, Jack wasn’t tall enough to go on the big course, so he did the kid course while James watched from the ground).

I love doing things like this as a family. Not just for the bonding experience, but because we get to witness how much the kids have grown and matured each year too.

Each visit prior, one of the kids got stuck on an element and got upset (we are 60+ feet in the air and on the most difficult part of the course, so… and there’s a lot of trust riding on those ‘monkey paws’ staying attached to the wire).

This year, when Jack got stuck – swaying in mid-air – he was able to keep his panic enough at bay to listen to me coach him through to taking just the next step. And within minutes he had made it across to the next platform. It was a proud moment for both of us.

This reminded me of how much I’ve always tended to run my business this way, by taking just the next step. Whether because I was overwhelmed, couldn’t see the whole picture, or only had tiny pockets of time in which to move forward.

To take just the next step…

Consider where you are right now. What’s just the next step you can take? Not the leap… just one single step? The one task, the one email, the one phone call, the one piece of content, the one connection, the one thing?

Do that.

And then share with me below.

Until next time…

~ A


  1. Looks like you’re enjoying life, looks like a lot of fun. The best things in life Are to Sheer happiness with friends. Best wishes

    • Yes, it’s all about what brings us joy! 🙂

  2. So good to remember this, Alicia! Great pic of you guys!

    • Thanks, Lisa! 🙂

  3. Oh how timely this was! This past week I have done a lot of reflecting on my goals for the year. Some goals I have blown out of the water, while others I am moving much more slowly. Upon reflection (thanks to your teachings and Sonia Choquette about the next take and what it would take), I realized that the areas where I have focused on the full goal (i.e. increasing my bottom line, more engagement on social media) are the goals that have been more stagnant.

    The goals where I said, “Yeah, I’m going to do that. Ooh, I am going to walk every day. Oh wait, there’s a challenge. I’m going to see how far I get. Oh boy! Who knew I could finish the challenge? Am I really walking 3 miles per day?” are those that I have blown out of the water. It started with a big goal, and then when I focused on just the next step (in the case of my health goal, it was LITERALLY the next step, hahaha), things progressed far beyond what I had even aimed towards.

    As I am recommiting to my goals on this first day of July (there’s still time for them to happen this year), I doing exactly what you said- focusing on just the very next, teeny, tiny step. And on that note, since I just finished my breakfast, it’s time to get to work!

    • Woohoo! I love hearing this, Tammy – thank you for sharing!

      I’ve been seeing this same message over and over – and you know I talk about taking just the next step a lot – but it’s really showing up in my world, through books and blog posts, etc. Iately. It’s when that happens that I realize it’s time to go deeper on this – and we’ll be doing that at the event this fall (part of Simplifying).

      And like you – Jack and I have been walking almost every day. Started with 30 mins and about 1.5 miles, and now we’re up to our goal of 3 miles, about an hour. 🙂

      Here’s to literally taking the next step! 🙂


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