If you have ever started something new, you know that often the first step is the most difficult. It is not that there aren’t more difficult steps along the way, but that first step stops more people from making changes than any other event that happens along the way. Why?
For most people the idea of change is always scary, even if they are not happy with their life the way it currently stands. By taking the first step, they know their life may never been the same. Even though they are unhappy with the way things are, there is a familiarity about their life. Things are predictable. They know what they will eat, where they will live, who they live with, and that, left alone, those things are not likely to change. There is comfort in the “devil that you know.”
Even if they are ready to change, they know that taking that first step will lead to more steps. Take someone starting on a diet. Most of us can change what we eat for one day. But the idea of changing what we eat for a week, a month, a year, or the rest of our life can be not only scary, but depressing. If we take the first step, we are admitting that we have a problem and that we are going to have to change what we are doing. If we never take that first step, then we never have to make that admission to ourselves. It is the same with starting a new business, cleaning up a house that is out of control, or starting to exercise. The idea of having to take that first step kills off our ambition to start anything at all.
Sometime we need help to take that first step. Maybe a friend that is willing to start on a new exercise regime with us. Our sponsor can help support us in our new business. We can get friends or family to help set up that big garage sale and get rid of all that stuff. Others can not only help us take that first step, they can help hold us accountable for actually doing it!
It also helps to quit trying to analyze all the changes that will happen. Just take one step and one change at a time. Life is unpredictable. The changes that you think will happen, may not be the ones that happen at all. Changes you never dreamed of (good changes!) may happen. So don’t be afraid to take that first step and see where it leads you.
You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great. Les Brown