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Most significant achievements started with one simple action.

Many of us tend to focus on the big finish—the goal.

Then we look at how far we still have to go, all the things still to do and how long it is still going to take us.

We seldom look back to see how far we’ve traveled.

The next time you get discouraged about how much more there is still to do, focus only on the next step.

The next step isn’t that scary by itself.

One deep breath and there you go.

The fact is, you’ll see greater results by doing something consistently in tiny increments than you will by procrastinating and then throwing yourself into something once every 3 weeks.

You may not feel like you are moving forward, but you are.

Every step forward is one step closer to where you want to be, even baby steps.

As a friend and teacher of mine likes to say, “Anyone can take one more step.”



Look around at where you’re feeling stuck. What can you do to take even a tiny step forward?

Can you pick up one magazine, recycle one bottle or can, throw away one email or hang up one piece of clothing?

After you do the one thing, take a moment to savor your achievement and then tweet it out: @andrewjmellen #babysteps (or) #stepbystep  

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About The Author

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

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