“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, or so goes the old proverb. It’s true that all journeys have to start somewhere – and the toughest part is frequently taking….that first step.
We all have ‘journeys’ that we undertake – graduating from school, becoming a parent, or starting a new job – but what stops us from embarking on journeys that are things that WE would like to do? A lot of the time…..it’s us.
That first step…can seem awfully big. Whether it seems big to others is irrelevant. If your ‘journey’ is to start an exercise program, give up caffeine, or develop a new skill, it’s easy to procrastinate and put things off until the desire goes away….or you’re forced to take action because of a health issue or loss of a job.
When your other choices have been removed….the course of action gets pretty clear.
When I had my motorcycle accident back in 2004, my right leg was initially paralyzed, and I had to learn to stand and walk all over again. I eventually recovered, and went on to do some things that I’ve been very proud of….but it all started with that first step.
How much better would it be if we took that first step towards something positive BEFORE we had no other choice? Some times, it’s hard to muster up the enthusiasm for something we don’t have to do – but if we don’t take that first step, we miss out on the rewards that can come with that journey.
Yeah, it’s hard to take that first step – to take a deep breath and step out into the unknown. Once you do, you’ll find the journey isn’t as nearly as hard….as taking that first step.