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.