“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
The essence of life, of living, is movement. We are in constant motion either toward something or away from something else. Even the unconscious activity of living is in a continuous state of action.
Consider the breath for a moment. When was the last time you thought about your breathing? Are you breathing or being breathed? With every inhalation and resultant exhalation you are moving, cells are constantly in-motion sustaining life, exchanging vital nutrients and managing waste. Your heart beats and moves blood throughout your body with each miraculous contracting motion. Whether we are conscious of it or not, even while at seeming “rest” we are in a state of perpetual motion.
So many of us have an aversion to movement and seek a state of inaction calling it “balance,” but is that balance or delusion? To desire our life to remain unchanged would require us to be static when in reality there is no such thing as static. We are movement machines, all of us.
Even more challenging is when we desire our loved ones to remain “the same” when they too are in a constant of movement, growth and change. No-thing and No-body can or will “stay” static. We crave the result that movement and change will manifest in our lives, but most of us cringe or slip into overwhelm and inaction (procrastination), when faced with the discomfort of initiation into a new form. Perhaps the new form is a relationship, a job, a business venture, losing weight and eating healthier or carving out time to write a novel or a memoir.
Why do many of us crave non-movement while stuck in the conundrum of wanting something different than what we currently have? How many of us have ever uttered the phrase, “If only things could stay the same?” while at the same time wishing for a longer vacation, more time to write, more autonomy, more freedom, or work that is meaningful and real.
Perhaps because in the short-term it’s perceived as easier to remain as-is, and less disruptive to an established pattern or rut. As much as we hate a rut, we also cling to it for solace and comfort. Choosing between watching a favorite TV show curled up with a quart of Haagen Daz, or hitting the gym for an evening workout…at the end of the day the fave show seems satisfying even though it won’t nurture your goal of taking the extra weight off. Sometimes a mouthful of ice cream calls out to soothe your soul and sings the Siren’s Song of “I can fix it.” It’s a lie…ice cream can’t do anything but change your thighs.
If what you’re choosing isn’t moving you toward what you want, it’s moving you farther away. Everything is always in-motion, but which direction are you flowing?
Success is much simpler than it appears.
- Set A Goal
- Take Action In The Direction Of Your Goal
- Don’t Quit When You Encounter Discomfort
Is success really that easy? Yes. It really is.
The only obstacle you’ll encounter is yourself.
Step 1: Set A Goal. How many people quit at step 1? Most people will quit right before they are about to jump off into something they really desire. They have an idea in their head of a better life, but fail to take 30 minutes to sit down and create a plan to achieve their imagined life. If you don’t have time for 30 minutes of planning, you don’t have time for success.
Step 2: Take Action In The Direction Of Your Goal. Taking action requires stepping out of comfort zones. Do-ing something different. It also requires diligence and the ability to understand we may not see immediate results from our action, but the payoff is coming through diligence, devotion and commitment.
Take a marathon runner for example. The first few steps at the starting line don’t reveal the success at the finish line, but 26 miles of steps yield the result. The preparation to make 26 miles of steps also plays a huge part in the victory.
Life itself is akin to a marathon. Learning to take the required steps for success, even when those around us aren’t cheering for us and the goal seems too far away in the distance to touch, we make strides every day, one step-at-a-time.
Step 3: Don’t Quit When You Encounter Discomfort. Most people quit right before they are about to realize success. This is when we feel the pain, the discomfort of breaking out of our patterns and stuck places. Things seem to shift on us and we don’t embrace change…we seek for the illusion of stability. Success is born of perseverance. Perseverance is moving forward in the direction of your dreams even when it’s not convenient and feels difficult. If you don’t believe enough in your own dreams, who else will?
Long-term success requires some type of short-term exchange. Success is coded in the DNA of the universe in just this way. An action that may seem small or insignificant is still a step toward creation, toward building some future experience. Every action we take either supports our goals and desires or robs them of vital energy. Persevering in the way that we believe we should go builds confidence over time.
In life it’s the same as in writing a story (our life is a story we write every day), Show don’t Tell. Take action versus getting stuck in dreaming and talking about it. What have you done today that moves you closer to what you want?
All things are possible, you only know the limits you set for yourself. Each day is a new beginning…to begin again. You can do, become and experience what you want. All you have to do is choose WHAT you want to do, become and experience. Embrace the movement, the feeling of uncertainty, the challenge to shake things up, and take the first step today in anticipation of crossing your finish line ahead.
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” ~Anthony Robbins
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Here’s to taking a step in the direction of your Mastery and transforming your dream into your reality today!