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Success for teens: It all starts with small steps

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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:45 am | Updated: 7:59 am, Tue Mar 11, 2014.

It looks harder than it really is — everything starts with a first step. But when that thing you are trying to do is different or difficult, then that first step seems very hard to do.

People don’t take that first step not because it is too hard. It is because it seems too hard. It is very easy not to do because nobody wants to fail or be embarrassed.

Face your fears head on and take that first step. It’s better to try and not succeed than not to try at all. Tell someone to help you make that step or take that first step with you. You will be surprised with who will be willing to help you.

Think about it. What is it that you want to do but you are afraid of doing? Have you told anyone about your dreams or ambitions?

There is no such thing as a lucky break. Are you waiting for that perfect time or that lucky break to take that first step? Most people don’t take that first step because they are waiting for that perfect time or that lucky break.

Success in anything takes time and starts with that first step. There will never be a perfect time for success to happen. Success is not a random event that happens. Success takes hard work and time spent getting better.

When you wait on the universe to give you success, you will find yourself waiting forever. This creates a victim mentality and you will end up blaming others for your lack of success. You are in control of your life, so stop waiting and take that step towards success.

Think about it. Are you waiting for something to happen before you start your journey to success? Are you waiting on someone to give you that lucky break? Can you take advantage?

Make all the steps small. Teens who are successful and are good at setting goals will all tell you that setting small goals that are reachable work the best. Small goals make everything seem very easy and not very scary.

You can start off by just committing to something for 10 minutes a day. If you want to learn a new language, spending 10 minutes a day will build confidence and you will want to spend more time on it. Ten minutes a day with anything will change your life.

The next time you have a big school assignment, set a goal to work on it extra early, but spend 10 minutes a day on it rather than waiting until the last minute. Do the same with reading or exercising. Ten minutes a day.

Think about it. What are you having trouble starting? Can you break up the goal into five or more smaller goals that you can reach? Can you do each task in 10 minutes?

The next step is just as important. OK, you have taken that first step. Great. Now it is time to take the next step. Many people who don’t find immediate success give up too quickly. Who has the strength to keep going and take that second step?

When you decide to take that first step and you have success it’s a great feeling. Now you have to keep going and stay on track. This is when it gets hard and very easy to get sidetracked, discouraged or bored. The middle of the journey is when it is easy to give up. Just keep your eye on the goals and do not give up.

Think about it. Have you ever given up on anything new once you started? What could you have done differently?

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michael Bond is the owner of Ahwatukee-based 1st Place Tutoring. His company assists students in grades K-12 with math, reading and science, and has SAT/ACT test preparation classes for high school students. Reach him at (602) 751-3594, or

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