If you can do it once, you can do it twice; if you can do it twice, you can make it a habit.

This is a sentence that changed the course of my life a few years back. Before then, there were several things I believed I could not do, skills I thought I would never be able to develop, opportunities I thought I could not seize. I am still grateful today for that trainer who repeatedly uttered this precious sentence during a leadership training: if you can do it once, you can do it twice; if you can do it twice, you can make it a habit".

It rang a bell in my mind and even as I wondered why it was so important to her, I decided to believe it. That was a turning point: what seemed impossible or irrelevant before became pertinent and a priority. I felt an unexpected and unusual desire to try new things and expand my limits. The areas in which I saw the most significant progress and fulfilling changes were long term planning and partnership development. From the narrow group and few actions I had, I have moved to a large network of friendly people who bring more wisdom (collective wisdom), more experiences, greater resources I am benefitting from. Also, I have a better visibility of the future; a long term perspective facilitates better planning and a more effective use of resources, and enables me to have a clear picture of the impact I am contributing to.

I have done these once, I have done them twice and they have now become  a habit.  

Comments

My dear sister Elvire,

Your post has etched a mark in my heart and moved me to utter these words to myself-'If you can do it once, you can do it twice; if you can do it twice, you can make it a habit.' Ofcourse, we want to move from uncertainty and self-doubt to confidence and going out there and doing our stuff! Thank you for sharing your powerful thoughts and influencing my very own. I feel fortunate to be united with you in the World Pulse VOF classroom and wish you the best.

With love and prayers from India,

Urmila Chanam

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

That is a powerful opening statement that echoes believe in self and empowers us to be daring enough to carry out these believes. Thank you for sharing, I will be thinking about those opening words for a long time!

Arrey