They say the first step is the hardest.
The first step is daunting. You start with nothing. No history. No momentum.
But, the first step is critical. You have big dreams, and you want to live a life you are proud of. You can’t make that happen without the first step.
And so you take it. Now what?
You have a bit of momentum. You have a bit of history. But not much. You are only a single step into it all, and it feels like you have just begun because, well, you have.
The next step may as well just be that first step.
But you need to take it, and so you do
What now? Again, the next step feels the same.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
I love this saying. But it doesn’t tell the whole story… at least not in an obvious way.
Here is how I like to think of it:
The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first mile.
The journey of 999 miles begins with the first mile.
The journey of 998 miles begins with the first mile.
At some point, you may build up momentum. That is great, but you can’t count on it. Because even if you have traveled 500 miles, you will wake up to a new day and see what you have another 500 miles to go.
It is always that first mile. It is always that first step.
Theory versus practice.
In theory, it is always that “first step”.
In practice, the only thing that matters is whether you make it “today’s step”. And whether you take it every single day.
P.S. This today’s step as post 2/100 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!
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Great perspective. I think it’s also about seeing the big picture and knowing how each step gets you closer to completing your journey. Waking up every day and motivating yourself to take a new first step is tough. Important to know why and where you’ve been even if you’re not sure where you’re going exactly.
Thanks David! I agree. I completely left out the part about seeing the big picture, finding the meaning in it, and carving out the next steps. Also, as you mentioned, you may not even know where you are going! The “why” definitely matters here to help in making progress.
I think I mentally word it to myself as it is written above because it helps in managing my expectations for the bad days. Some mornings are exciting, but not all. For the bad days, it helps me show up and move the needle forward.
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