The title of this article is based on the words of Lao Tzu, who said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
This is true not only for a long journey, but also for a short one. In this article, I am not referring to actual journeys or trips, but to goals, tasks and actions. I am referring to everything that requires that you take the first step.
Even a simple action of drinking water from the tap requires that you walk to the kitchen, open the tap, and fill the glass with water. If taking the first step is essential for such a simple act of filling a glass of water, it is of vital importance to achieving any goal.
If you wait for things to happen, probably, nothing would happen. You have to take the initiative and act. You need to take the first step, and then the other steps would follow.
- Do you want to use creative visualization to achieve your goals and tasks? You need to start visualizing.
- Do you want to change a certain habit? You have to take action.
- Do you want to learn meditation and make it a part of your life? You need to learn to meditate and start meditating.
- Do you need a job? You have to start looking for it.
- Do you want to be rich? You have to start making plans and carry them out.
Waiting, and doing nothing, do not create success, and do not help you achieve your goals, tasks or chores. You need to act. You need to move toward your goal and not wait for the right time, the right circumstances or the right mood.
Often, laziness and inner resistance prevent you from taking the first step. Once you take one step in the direction of your goal, the second step would follow. However, you have to take the first one.
You need to start carrying out what you want or need to do, whether it is sweeping the floor, going to the store to buy milk or bread, learning a new language, finding a new job, starting a business or becoming a writer. The first step is always important.
Once you make the first step, you gain confidence and your motivation to succeed would grow. It would then be easier to overcome laziness and inner resistance.
It is pleasant to daydream, but to make your daydreams come true you have to start walking in their direction. You have to take action.
You have to take the first step, and then the second, the third, and all the steps that separate you from your goal. This is valid for every goal, small or big, relating to your job, health, finance, self improvement or spirituality.
Remember the words of Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, and act accordingly. Also, remember that not only a long journey begins with one step, the first step, but also a short one too.
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It means that however long your journey or how big and impossible the change you want to make it starts with just one step, or action.
If you have a long term goal, you cannot achieve it without taking steps or measures to achieve them. For example, I want to become a doctor. Well 10 years of school starts with English 101, and math, and science, etc…
Simple things sometimes lead to big things
You have to start something before you can finish it. You have to write a word, then a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page, then 3 more pages and you are done. Asking what it means was the first step
it could mean that every step you take that step begins a new journey! or if you want to take a thousand miles all you have to do is take a step in a new direction! I don’t know though so you might not want to use that on your paper!
No matter how big the task seems, no matter how insurmountable it seems, make a start and continue from there. Most things in life are accomplished in small stages, not in huge giant steps. Any task, broken down into small pieces, seems much easier.
if you never get started with anything. you never get anything done
No matter how big the task or how challenging the goal, you get there by just beginning. Without the first step, the journey will never happen. Somebody who dreams big but never acts to make their dreams real will never attain them. But even if the dream seems unattainable, by taking that first small step, you move towards making that dream come true. In fact, the whole journey is made up of small steps.