“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu
We can give 1001 reasons why we cannot, for example;
- Start that journey
- Write that book,
- Start that fitness program
- Start that business
- Love somebody or
- Break that bad habit.
All our excuses could seem plausible.
Are they really?
I think that the real reason why we don’t take action is more closely related to our lack of conviction on the new course. It is not yet a ‘life or death’ matter.
We still have alternatives. We will continue to give excuses until we no longer have alternatives.
You see, until one has a more compelling reason to take action, greater than the comfort of the status quo, no motion, or action, will occur. Unfortunately, this valley, between comfort and lack of it, is where many reside in their lives. This is where the ‘comfort zone’ is. This is the valley of indecision.
One very common excuse people give is the ‘I don’t know where to start’ excuse. While this could be a cogent reason sometimes, it’s not always the case.
It is not our duty to know where or how to start. It is our duty to decide to start.
No one was born an expert at whatever they do. There was, and will always be, a process of learning.
So start where you are, with what you have. This is good enough.
Once you decide that you want to start your journey, the resources (people, finance, knowledge, you name it) will begin to become visible and obvious. There is nothing mystic or metaphysical about the preceding statement (I have nothing against the assertions of The Secret) but it is simply logical. You will only see the relevance in a resource when you have need of it.
So the real reason why we don’t take action is not because we don’t know where or how to start or do not have the resources we need to start. It is simply because we have not decided we want to start that journey.
We when truly decide, every excuse will dissipate in the strength of our conviction.
Decide first, this is your first step.