The Longest Journey Begins With A Single Step Essay

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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" this quote has always inspired me to reach for the impossible. I am naturally not a very outgoing person, but over the past few years, I have worked very hard to change that aspect of my personality which has lead to many opportunities for personal achievement.

My first step was recognizing my problem and realizing I needed to change. I wasn't taking any risks and my comfortable familiar routine was getting boring, and depressing. I had to take a risk and try something completely new; and after much thought, I decided that meant getting a job.

My sister worked at an indoor play cafe for kids called the TreeHouse. I had always planned on getting a job there, but never had the courage to actually send in my resume. One day in May she told me they were hiring, and if I wanted to apply, I had to do so that week. Although it seemed scary, I knew I needed to if I wanted to step outside my comfort zone. So I sent in my resume and was called in soon after for an interview. I ended up getting the job! Even though I was excited and proud that I had made an important step toward my goal, I was a bit scared about the challenges this job would bring.

During the first few weeks of my new job, I was very shy and quiet. Everyone who worked there besides me went to school together, and had known each other for years. I had nothing in common with them other then my job, and I wasn't the type of person to join in on a conversation! Again I pushed myself to expand my comfort zone because I didn't want to be like that. After awhile, I became more confident and actually enjoyed working with other people and interacting with the customers. I started hosting birthday parties; a privilege only the top employees get.

Becoming more outgoing has drastically changed my perspective on life. I view new experiences as opportunities instead of frightening situations. I am much more comfortable talking to strangers then before, and while I know I will never become the most outgoing person around, I have come a long way from that first step!

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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About the Author

Remez Sasson is the founder of Success Consciousness website. He is the author of articles and books, teaching how to develop and use the skills, mental tools and inner powers one needs for creating a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace.

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