It’s the new year, so you have likely been thinking about (and hearing about) resetting aspects of your life. There is a sense in January that one can start over.
Newsflash: It’s still January!
But starting can be the hardest part.
Starting is step 1. But often we get bogged down by steps 4 and 5 and so on.
- What if I don’t follow through?
- How much will it cost?
- What will happen if…?
Change is intimidating for many of us because it involves uncertainty. But it’s a vicious cycle; and sometimes our deepest desires get bogged down.
We experience paralysis by analysis!
What is the one thing that is really on your mind these days?
Spending more time with people you love? Stopping something? Getting a new job? Enjoying every moment a little more? Cleaning out that closet? Starting that retirement fund? Being present wherever you are? Just being content?
Today you can do step 1. Just start.
You’ve done it many times. You learned to walk by taking that first step! You learned to count by starting with 1. You learned the alphabet by starting with the 1st letter.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Be courageous. Be curious. Be confident.
Go ahead; take the first bite. Just start.
As Rob Bell said in an interview for oprah.com, “When you say yes to step 1, you cross over from one realm to another.”*
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