Take the First Step
Reading through the comments left by her readers I noticed a recurring theme – the desire to step outside of one’s comfort zone. We see the benefit of doing it but making that first step can be so difficult.
What is that one thing you really want to do but just haven’t yet? Style? Learning to cook? Traveling? Writing a book? Take that first step. Just do it. Buy a fashion magazine and pick out one outfit to try this month. Find a new recipe to try (it’s okay if it doesn’t taste good, try another one). Apply for your passport. Write down anything that comes to mind – a book begins with a single sentence. Just one.
Someone recently shared a story with me. He wanted to climb a giant mountain (one of the tallest in the world). He prepared for years. When he finally got to the base of the mountain he found he couldn’t move. He was paralyzed with thoughts of not being able to summit the mountain. A friend came alongside him and asked him, “Which step are you concerned about?” He realized the first step was easy. So he took it. Then he considered the next step and realized he could take that one too. And on and on he went until he reached the top of the mountain.
And so can you. It only takes one step to get outside of your comfort zone. Go for it.
**Many thanks to Elizabeth. I was so encouraged by your thoughts. You made some lovely observations that I’m still thinking about!