“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~Lao Tzu
This quote is by no means just restricted to taking a journey, but taking a journey can often be used as an analogy for making personal changes.
I often use it myself to describe the journey away from alcohol, or more pertinently, the journey into your new life.
I love the idea of pursuing the bigger goal.
I think that we all should have a personal purpose in life, a goal that is bigger that us.
At times, it can seem very difficult to see these goals coming to be realized because they are so big.
And it helps to think about this quotation from Lao Tzu that in order to complete the journey of a 1000 miles, you not only have to begin by taking the first step, but that the entire journey can be completely broken down into tiny, single steps, one after the other after the other.
It can often seem like you’re not making any progress towards your goal, you’re not getting anything achieved.
This is one of the biggest reasons I tell people to have a goal.
If you don’t have a goal, you have nowhere to aim your steps, no direction.
You must be very clear about where you would like to end up so that first you can take the first step, second that you know which direction you are headed, and third you know that by taking these small steps, starting and completing each new task, building on your previous thoughts and actions, that you will eventually get to your end destination.
Taking the first step means jumping out of your thought processes and into actions.
If you don’t take that first step across the line into your new life, nothing is going to happen.
The right time or the right circumstances or the right mood or the right feeling, these are things that are probably never going to happen.
Now is the only moment where you can do anything.
Even if that first step is in getting out a sheet of paper and planning how you are going to tackle what it is you want to change, then that is a step in the right direction.
After you’ve taken the first step, you get confidence.
You also get momentum.
Getting the whole thing moving can often be the hardest part.
Once you have momentum on your side, things become a lot easier.
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you’re not going to stay where you are.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!