The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
(quotation from Lao Tzu)

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
(quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

No matter which path you are on or what the goal is at the end of the road, every journey is a series of steps taken one after the other after the other.

All you have to know is the next step in the journey.
All you have to do is take that step.

Sounds easy enough. Why is it so hard?

For me, I can get overwhelmed by the length of the journey or the enormity of the task. It’s too big. It’s too long. I’ll never be able to travel that far or do that much. If I stare at the big picture, I can get frozen by fear. Instead, I have to break it down into manageable pieces. I try to keep my focus on the next leg of the journey and the small steps I need to take.

But then, I have to actually take that first step. What holds me back? My fear of where the road might lead. My comfort with the status quo. Instead, it takes courage to step out and risk failure. When I’m having trouble taking those steps, I’ve found that accountability helps. I also attach rewards to reaching my goals and deadlines. (Chocolate and time with a good book always work for me.)

What about you? What’s the next step in your journey? Are you taking it?

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3 thoughts on “One Step At a Time

  • August 7, 2009 at 9:47 am
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    >Candee! This post was exactly what I needed to read today! Thank you so much!!!

    I am in the middle of a crazy time in my life. And in the middle of all of that is my other passion, missions. I leave for Cambodia/India on Monday (will be gone a couple of week). Anywho, this past month–actually, this past year–has really been a LONG lesson in learning how to trust God for right now and not think about the next moment. That's all I can really handle right now. If I were to know what was going to happen ten years out, I think I really would go insane!

    Happy weekend!

  • August 7, 2009 at 10:42 am
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    >I'm always tentative when beginning a new leg in my writing journey. It always looks intimidating. But I've found that once I actually get going, it's not so as scary as it first looked!

  • August 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm
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    >As they say, "watch the first step. It's a doozy." The second and third steps should get easier. (As long as you keep going, otherwise they'll feel like the first step all over again. Arggh.)

    Kristen, I'll be thinking of you while you're gone. Have a great trip.

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