Three Steps, No Failure

When asked about her extraordinary success, recording artist and motivational performer Jana Stanfield said, “I believe in the power of small steps to create great changes.”

Jana left a lucrative career as a broadcast journalist and moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of securing a recording contract. While waiting for her breakthrough, she signed up for voice lessons and took classes in song-writing, stand-up comedy and dance. She took advantage of Open-Mic nights and sang for free in the evenings. With the help of a small producer, she made a few recordings.

None of the record companies were interested.

As her funds depleted, Jana started to doubt her talent and decision to switch careers. She even had what she calls a “lying on the bed, crying phase.”

Her uncle, Rev. Clyde Stanfield, stepped in and guided her through the Three Steps, No Failure technique. He met with her with over weekly lunches and monitored her progress.

With renewed determination, Jana started writing and recording again. She achieved her first milestone with the release of her first record, consisting of her ten most-rejected songs.

A major breakthrough came when Reba McEntire asked to record her song, If I Had Only Known. It sold 5 million copies.

what is the Three Steps, No Failure technique?

Very simply, it is a no-fail method that can be adopted by anyone who wishes to achieve a major goal such as securing a recording contract or writing a best-selling novel.

Start by acknowledging that these goals are challenging and cannot be achieved with one quantum leap. For example, a novice writer cannot expect to see her book appear on the New York Times Bestseller list within the next six months.

Decide on the first three steps that you must take. These could be as simple as purchasing supplies, joining a writing group, finding a critique partner, or registering for a workshop. There is only one guideline: each step has to be something you can’t possibly fail to complete in a week’s time.

Do not plan out the entire journey. Like crossing a bridge, it is not necessary to see the other side. Instead, select three different steps at the beginning of each week and focus on your progress.

Be patient. This process will not take you directly to your goal, but it will get you there indirectly. In the meantime, enjoy the journey.

What three steps could you take this week?

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29 thoughts on “Three Steps, No Failure

  1. marsharwest says:

    Hey, Joanne. I agree with Sharon. I’m really struggling to get my butt in the chair and write this next book. There are so many other things I can be doing–like checking on FB and checking out our blog. LOL So this came at a good time for me. I’ll share.

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  2. Kathryn Jane says:

    Thank you Joanne! On the weekend, I updated my calendar with all the dates I have with my editor for three new books before the first of December, and when Monday morning arrived, I felt so overwhelmed I wrote nothing!
    I shall now employ your three-step method and get back on track. 🙂

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  3. vicki says:

    Lordy, I know what I need to do and should do and writing the next book is the biggest thing on my list. But if I break it down to so many pages a day, I’m better off. I get too antsy. Lately, I’ve had a lot of distractions. I did set a goal for myself once these issues simmered down, I’d put my hands on the keyboard and work. Yesterday, I did. So time to move forward.

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  4. Mae Clair says:

    I think I’m going to use the three steps method for getting in gear on my current WIP. It’s been one hurdle after another but this post is just what I needed to put much in perspective!


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