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  • Writer's pictureSarah VanderMeiden

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Updated: May 2, 2023

These beautiful crocuses dressed in white, purple, lilac and orange announce the arrival of Spring!
Some encouragement for you from Sarah VanderMeiden Coaching

Up here in Northern Minnesota, it was a long winter with record-breaking snow and cold temperatures. By the beginning of April, everyone was pretty much over it but the snowstorms continued. 70 degrees one day, blizzard conditions a few days later. We endure by reassuring ourselves that spring is just around the corner. It's got to come, eventually. Right?

And spring has been coming, step by step. We are starting to see open water. Flocks of migrating birds are winging their way north. And the buds on trees and shrubs are getting ready to bust open. Once the conditions are right, growth will be exploding everywhere!

HOWEVER, as I write this on April 20, I am staring at a blanket of white outside my window. Snow, AGAIN?! UGH! Looks like we have taken a major step backward from our dreams of summer fun and being able to move about without the burden of a coat.

Reminds me of the common phrase “Two steps forward, one step back.”

Does this phrase ever apply to your life? You work hard toward a goal, but then have a setback. You make progress on establishing some new habits then return to your old ways.

But here’s the thing - two steps forward, one step back still means you are moving one step forward. Real, lasting change rarely happens in a straight line. But every setback provides an opportunity to learn and the motivation to keep going. The snow will melt and you will persist - one step at a time.

Keep moving forward, friends!

Board Certified Student, Career and Life Coach Sarah VanderMeiden specializes in helping her clients move forward toward their goals, one step at a time. Contact Sarah to arrange your free consultation!

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