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In today’s episode of the Breakthrough Leadership Vlog (Video Blog – Season 01, Episode 03), Greg and Matt talk about how achieving your vision starts by leveraging small, incremental steps.

Great books inspire you to dream big and create a compelling, vivid vision. But, vision by itself doesn’t create progress. Reading books can be inspirational. They build a new awareness. You still need traction.

When you have a vision in mind, it usually comes with a 1,000-line to do list. So, where do you start?

Here’s the counterintuitive answer: You start with the smallest possible step. Identify the single most important action that must happen to achieve your vision. Small steps, done consistently, will lead to success.

Using small steps is the number one, predictable way to achieve your vision because…

  • You will put an end to “getting ready to get ready.
  • You will build momentum with every step (psychologically and physically).
  • You will uncover what you need to know as you go.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the most predictable way to achieve your vision is to find the smallest possible step.
  • How anyone can achieve their big vision when they learn to leverage the smallest possible steps through steady sequencing and repetition.
  • What to do when you’ve got a big vision, and a big plan, but don’t know where to start.
  • Why you should use small steps to unify your team.
  • Why small steps put an end to over preparing, or what we call, “getting ready to get ready.”


To leverage the power of small, incremental moves there are 5 things you need to do:

#1  – Determine the small, efficient moves you need to do consistently. Master these.

#2 – Learn by doing. You’ll uncover what you need to know as you head in the right direction. Take action to uncover the next steps. Solve problems as they arise. Don’t make up problems before they exist.

#3 – Never leave the site of a big decision without taking a small action.

#4 – Create momentum. Whatever actions you need to do, do as much as you can right way. If you wait to take action, you’ll lose momentum. Live by the anti-procrastination mantra, “Later is never.”

#5 – Decrease the scope if you’re not making consistent progress (i.e., reduced the number of things you’re trying accomplish). Make your steps as small as possible until they are being done consistently. Focus on one thing at a time. 

As long as your actions are essential to your goal, no step is too small.

Add your comments below. What are some common reasons leaders don’t achieve their vision? What has caused you to be inconsistent with taking small steps in the past?

About Matthew

Matthew DeYoung is a serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of Breakthrough Leadership. He has been a cofounder of six other internet-based startup businesses. His past consulting clients have included Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Target, NASCAR, and the NBA. As a learner, he is always trying to demystify the leadership aspects of business. Matthew has been married for 17 years and has two daughters.

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