April 6th, 2011
Today’s post is reprinted in its entirety from Susan Piver’s blog. Susan is a gifted author, meditation instructor,and I can’t say enough good things about her. You can find out more about Susan here. Since the name of my work is The First Step, when I read this article I had a big aha moment because starting and taking a first step are so integrally related to managing the ups and downs of your mental and physical health.
So, without further ado- here’s Susan!!!
When it comes to creating real change in your life, there is only one action item that is critical. The most brilliant organizational strategies and profound insights into human behavior are 100% meaningless without it. If you are not doing this one thing, nothing else matters. I’m not being poetically licentious; I’m telling you the truth. That thing? Start.
Begin. Commence. Initiate. Leap. Whether you want to become a meditator, artist, CEO, friend, athlete, or simply the best you of all time, you just have to take the very first step. What is that step? Write it down. Then do it. Don’t worry about the step after that.
Forget about sweeping gestures–they’re irrelevant and confusing 95% of the time. Instead, make small, graceful, clear gesture after gesture. This is the way.
And PS here is the key piece of advice on starting: you have to do it all over again tomorrow. And the next day. Every day, in fact.
Starting is a sacred act. It requires opening without knowing what is going to happen. If you “know” how it’s going to go or what is going to result, you’re actually somewhere in the middle, not the beginning. So give up all notions. Turn toward this very moment. Open your heart to yourself, your day, your loved ones and your enemies–which simply means not having preconceived notions about any of it–and then start.
What are you willing to start right now, knowing you have no clue how it’s going to turn out? For me, it was making a phone call I’d been procrastinating on not knowing how it would go. How about you?