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January 27, 2017 Take One More Step

I was visiting with my good friends Drs. Mike and Leslie McClellan the other day.  They were sharing with me about a conversation their daughter’s soccer coach had with her during a practice.  Grace is a goalie for the Alabama Olympic Development Program Regional Team.  Her coach told her to take one more step before defending the ball and “you’ll block it every time”.  To help remind her, Mike and Leslie put “One more step” signs in Graces’ bedroom.

That statement has stuck with me. It means so much more than the act of taking a physical step.  What if we took one more step in life? How would that impact others?

We get so busy in our daily lives it is hard to focus on other’s needs.

People want to tell a story because it is important to them.  Their story.  How many times do we turn their conversation into our story?  I’ve been on both sides of that conversation.  I challenge you to not self-focus in conversations but instead engage in the other person’s story, THEIR story.  Take one more step to be a friend and focus on THEM.

In our work lives sometimes we get so caught up in day-to-day business that we lose sight of the people we work with.  I encourage you to say a sincere “thank you” to those you work with and be specific about what you are thanking them for.  We depend on those people. Imagine your business without them.  If you are support staff, I encourage you to do the same with your supervisor or boss.  They, too, need to know they are appreciated. And don’t forget your clients. Send handwritten thank you notes to them, thanking them for their business or drop them a note on special occasions.  Take one more step in your business relationships.

Take one more step in your relationships with your spouse and family.  Share with them how they’ve impacted your life.  Over the years, I’ve had a few close friends die from cancer.  I would give almost anything if I could only tell them one more time the positive impact that they had in my life.

The song, “Only A Step” by F. J. Crosby and W. H. Doane, is a popular hymn that I grew up singing in church.  While writing this blog that hymn has been playing over and over in my head.  What if we went one more step in our daily devotion to God?  Take one more step.

Think about what we could achieve if we all went the extra mile in our relationships.

What will your “one more step” be?

Mike and Leslie, thank you for the inspiration you provided to me to write this blog. And Grace, I’ll see ya at the Olympics!

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