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Taking The Next Step Is Difficult When You Donít Know The Step Youíre On Now - Grasshopper

Looking to make your next move? Odds are it wonít be fruitful if you step off from a place youíre not.

Most of us have no idea where we currently are. Thatís why itís so difficult to get to where we want to go. We fail to notice or acknowledge our current location.


Our self-assessment is clouded. Have you ever heard a friend or close family member say something like, ďIím a people personĒ? You choke back your response, which you want to shout from the rooftops: ďNO YOUíRE NOT!Ē But you hold your tongue and the other person remains married to an illusion.


So now that you have an appreciation of people making cases for where theyíre not, itís time for you to open up the file on you.


What location are you arguing for that contains none of your footprints?


My hobby is photography. I read photography blogs, visit photography YouTube channels and take online and in-person classes. If you catch me at a weak moment, I may say something as stupid as, ďIím as good as these guys/gals.Ē NO IíM NOT!


I may have taken a few great photographs over the years but my consistent output is nowhere near the level of the people whom I follow. I may wonder why I canít get to the next level if I mistakenly believe ďIím as good as they are.Ē


The wondering ceases when I recognize where I am on the scale. If Iím at a 5 on a scale of 10 and the people I follow are at a 9 or 10 on the same scale, I have found my location. Now itís my job to figure out, not how to get to 10, but how to get to 6, then 7, etc.


Moving up the scale requires action, not more thinking. What are these ace photographers doing on a daily basis that Iím not? I found the answer: Theyíre actually shooting and Iím reading about or thinking about shooting.


So the step Iím actually on is a long distance from the step theyíre on. If I fail to recognize that, my next step will be into a big pile of dog poop.


If your progress forward has been halted, it may be time to take stock of where you really are before you venture on to your next step. This noticing will give you better footing on your way forward and your brighter future will have a better chance of developing.


All the best,



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