Take that first step

first step (1)“Watch out for that first step: it’s a doozie!”, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – “The first step is the last step.” If starting is so powerful, no wonder why some of us find it so difficult to start? We procrastinate, we may be uneasy to meet the blank page, we imagine that it is going to be difficult and that the first kiss, so to speak, could spoil things. The trick is to start with a tiny step and to keep moving even if it feels a little uncomfortable.

When we look closer, there are good reasons why we have these apprehensions. Starting something new may be exciting, but it can also be a bit daunting. If we venture out of our comfort zone, we may get lost or waste our precious time or energy.  We could over-commit, go astray, or even avoid something else more important.  Doubts often serve a purpose; we must listen to them. However, we must not let them take over or let them get in the way.

Is it possible to see the facts and let go of our fears for a moment and to make that first gentle step? It does not have to be a jump. Learning by doing, is probably the richest way of progressing. If you need to exercise – go for that walk. If you have to revise for an exam, pick up that textbook and start studying. If you find yourself procrastinating instead of working on your novel, start writing now with no further delay. It is as simple as that.

Finally, we also need to know when to stop. It is tempting to get going, but it is important not to overdo it. The trick is to learn to stop in a right place; it makes it so much easier to start making the first step the next day.


Photo credit: Jake Hills

This blog is part of a renewed 42-day writing challenge inspired by Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits Book.

One comment

  1. I agree – it is a reminder that we need frequently. Just start. Thank you for starting Breangelo.

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