When I began my business, I’m sure like many others, I thought long and hard about the name for my company. Yes, I wanted something that people would be able to remember easily and that made sense and was logical but in fact the name finally came when I looked at a framed print that I have on my office wall. It’s a print by a guy called Richard Stine, an American artist. If you like his work you can buy his prints here
As you can see, the dog has managed to climb the first step and now has his face pushed firmly up against the second step. He’s trapped, stuck perhaps and doesn’t know what to do next. It’s a massive climb to get up the next step and looks impossible. The print is called “face to face with the second step”.
The picture really reasonated with me and made me think about the type of people I work with and support. So often we are in a position to make an initial change in our lives – it might be that we’ve lost a few pounds and feel good about our weight loss, we’ve started that fitness campaign or that we’ve made some efforts in improving communications with our work team or have made some initial headway in enhancing our leadership skills. We’ve taken the first step towards change and it seems ok. We’ve done it, we’ve made a start, but then we have to keep up the momentum and continue the new behaviour. We have to sustain it and make it a consistent part of our life. You could say we’re face to face with the second step and this can be hard. Can we reach up and stretch to take the second step or will we decide to return to the bottom of the stairs and revert back to old behaviours?
If you’re face to face with the second step, you might want to give me a call. I’ll be the helping hand that will reach out, support, encourage, challenge and motivate you to take that next step. Together we’ll watch you not only climb the second step, but tackle the third, fourth, fifth steps and beyond.