Starting

The power of the first step. The decision to start becomes the catalyst for the second and third step. A momentum builds after a few steps build upon each other. Inaction is comfortable; its gravity paralyzes our attempt to reach full potential.

Paralyzed by the need to perform in-depth research and 5-year plans before you can begin. Often overthinking will kill ambition, and that first step never happens. Our ideas, dreams and passion trapped inside by a jail of excuses.

I find the allegory of taking a hike to be helpful. First, you set an objective for the experience: I want to be surrounded by nature or look down from a tall peak. Second, you orientate yourself: a map of the trail, some provisions to ensure my safety, and a jacket in case it gets cold. Thirdly, you start walking. A variety of things could happen along the way, but you trust your ability, skills, instincts to get you thru the challenges.

On the journey, you may feel your heart pull you in a different direction. An alluring stream may catch your eye; fascination changes the course. The sky may darken, an unexpected storm cuts the adventure short. You learn confidence and humility by the act of getting your boots dirty. Don’t sacrifice the journey because you can’t select a destination or prepare for the unforeseen. Whatever you can do, begin it. Begin it now.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, risings one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now. ”

W.H. Murry
The Scotish Himalayan Expedition

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