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The Step-stone Theory makes “THE JOB” a breeze…

It’s a Monday…

Start of the week, a lot of sighs and deep breaths as you struggle to wake up on a cool, bed-weather morning.

Well, it’s like wishing Monday wasn’t there and the start of the week is a Tuesday.

Honestly, sometimes I feel this way too, not only once.

It’s normal, but it doesn’t mean I have to stay that way the entire time and it’s the same for you.

I really love the book that I’m currently reading, it’s like, it has everything for all scenarios people are going through. And it has actionable items that can help us improve wherever we are right now. That’s where I read about the “Step-stone Theory”.

This theory is specific to people who have some little dissatisfaction in their J.O.B. and provides you with a new angle to look at. The theory makes you look at your J.O.B. as a stepping stone (hence Step-stone Theory) to a bigger result, a bigger picture, a bigger outlook. It gives you a question to answer.

“What in your current J.O.B. can you use to let you achieve your future plans or goals?”

You might be a store clerk, manager, team leader, secretary or a house wife thinking what you do is just a routine. But, look at the bigger picture, ask “what is your future plans, goals?” and “what in your current J.O.B. can help you reach, plan or achieve them?” Keep on asking, once you find the answer, that will surely give you a 180-degrees turn on how you look at your current J.O.B. You’ll no longer see it as just a routine because now, it has purpose, now, it has a new direction and a new meaning.

Here’s a story in the book (Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napolean Hill) I’m reading to give you an example:

In one of our classes, we were talking about this principle of bringing enthusiasm into one’s job, when a young lady in the rear of the classroom raised her hand. She got to her feet and said:

“I’ve come here with my husband. What you say may be all right for a man in business, but it’s no good for a housewife. You men have new and interesting challenges every day. But it’s not like that with housework. The trouble with housework is … it’s just too darned daily.”

“You just get these things done so they can get undone,” she said.

“It does seem frustrating,” the instructor agreed. “Are there any women who do enjoy housework?”

“Well, yes, I guess there are,” she said.

“What do they find in housework to interest them and keep them enthusiastic?”

After a moment’s thought the young woman replied, “Maybe it’s their attitude. They don’t seem to think their work is confining; they seem to see something beyond the routine.”

The answer, then, for this young housewife, was to find some goal which she really wanted to achieve, and to find a way to make her routine daily housework lead to the attainment of that goal. She volunteered the information that she had always wanted to take her family on a trip around the world.

“All right,” the instructor said. “We’ll settle on that. Now, set yourself a time limit. When do you want to go?”

“When the baby is twelve years old,” she said. “That will be six years from now.”

“Now, let’s see. This will take a little doing. You’ll need money, for one thing. Your husband will have to be able to take off for a year. You will have to plan an itinerary. You will want to study up on the countries you will be visiting. Do you suppose you can find a way to let bed-making, dish-washing, floor-scrubbing, and meal-planning be stepping-stones toward your goal?”

A few months later the lady in this story came to see us. It was apparent the minute she walked into the room that here was a woman who had succeeded proudly.

“It’s amazing,” she told us, “how well this stepping-stone idea has worked! I haven’t found a single chore that doesn’t fit in. I use my cleaning time as a thinking and planning time. Shopping time is a wonderful time to expand our horizons: I deliberately buy foods from other countries: foods that we will be eating on our trip. And I use the meal time as a teaching time. If we are having Chinese egg noodles, I read all I can find about China and its people, and then at dinner I tell the family all about them.

“Not one of my duties is dull or uninteresting to me anymore. And I know they never will be again, thanks to the step-stone theory!”

So, ask that question…

Ask hard enough…

You’ll be delighted you did.

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