Take This Step First To Succeed
What are your really big, beautiful dreams? Do you dream of building an entrepreneurial empire? Writing a book? Giving presentations on stage in front of millions? Singing? Painting? Maybe you want to move to another city or country, and start a new life? Perhaps you have an amazing idea, but you’re allowing your weight, your size, your issues with food to hold you back?
Taking the first step is always the hardest part, especially when you’ve made your weight or your size or your body shape as YET ANOTHER obstacle in your path. It’s not uncommon to see people never do what they have in mind because they’ve made solving THIS problem first a prerequisite.
Believe it or not, you can bring your ideas to life without “losing all the weight”, or stopping binge eating. And it’s that first step that can move you in the right direction. Small things, such as building a new habit, can go a long way toward your success.
Why Does Taking the First Step Seem Like the Hardest?
Well, no matter what you’re setting out to achieve, taking the first step can be stress and anxiety creating and fear. When you think about your Big, Beautiful Goal, initially you may feel excited, but underneath that you may be thinking thoughts like:
- What if I fail? (OR What if I succeed?)
- What will people think?
- What if I’m not good enough? (Smart enough? Etc.)
- What if it’s not the right time to do it?
- Am I ready for this?
The truth is that no one can guarantee that you’ll succeed. And there’s no guarantee that success will bring you what you want. But, you’ll never know unless you try. Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering What if?
For a majority of us, it seems easier to deal with the weight issues, the body issues, and/or the food issues than it does to try and resolve issues of self-confidence, feeling good enough, and dealing with fear. I mean, dealing with issues of food and body are pretty straight forward, right? Eat less, move more. Count and measure something. Etc, etc. (Except that this is FAR from true and an over-simplification to be sure.)
But allowing food, or your body – or more accurately, your fear about judgements because of these things hold you back from what may be your true purpose and calling is … a tragedy. A shame (not be be confused with shameful – because it’s not.) It’s sad and heartbreaking. Even now,
That first step is always the hardest because it requires you to embrace the unknown and face your fears. It’s also the most important step – without it, nothing will change.
Feeling Scared? Take a Mini Step to Change Your Life
The truth is that most of the time, it’s the small things that have the biggest impact on our lives. You don’t have to change everything starting day one. Like most humans, you’re probably scared of the unknown (it’s instinctual and biological), so instead do one tiny, little, thing to get started.
If you want to start a business – > begin thinking about which niche you’d like to serve.
If you want to move to a new city -> contact real estate agents to find an apartment in your dream city.
If you want to start eating healthier -> start with one meal.
Choose one little habit and stick to it. Celebrate this first step and feel proud of it. As you continue you can take another step and then another, and so on. Stop waiting for the perfect moment to get started. Stop overanalyzing and just go for it! The best time to start is now.