Daily Blog #296
You and I, we use motivation for just about everything that we do in life. Things from waking up in the morning and getting ready for work, to finding the energy to make it through a workout at some point during the day, all the way to
Without doing something regardless of how uncomfortable we think it is going to make us, we will never actually know how it makes us feel until we at least try it. Thoughts often come into our minds, and before we try to find some type of resolution, we generally give up because we think we know what the resolution is going to look like. Needless to say, we do too much thinking while taking too little action.
I’ll be the first to admit that I get trapped in my own mind quite frequently. There has always been this part of me that acts like I know what the outcome of something is going to be before I am even willing to try. And because the outcome usually entails me failing, I give up on myself before even trying. I take one look at my fears, determine that my fears are too much to overcome, and boom! Just like that, I have determined that I am already going to fail. You’re probably thinking to yourself “Duh! With an attitude like that, how can you expect to succeed?” And to that, you’re right.
When we have little self-belief, the easiest thing to do is to give up on ourselves. Give up on all that we want to accomplish, give up on all that we want to become, and give up on any dream that we have ever thought about achieving. The truth is, though, until we are willing to dig deep and find the motivation to take that first step, we are never going to know what the result will look like. Once we find the strength to take the first step, have you ever noticed how the rest becomes a lot easier?
That’s the thing about motivation. When we find the will to try, we are more inclined to continue. When we are actually willing to take the leap and see past our fears, we realize how wrong we were about the things that we thought would hold us back. It’s almost as if that first step holds enough self-belief to negate or combat any negative or unwanted emotions that we are experiencing.
Think of it this way. A baby doesn’t just start magically walking one day. The baby first learns to learns to stand, then it learns to take a few steps before falling down repeatedly, and after all of that, only then does it learn how to finally walk. But none of it would have been possible without the baby first building the strength to stand, and then building the strength to walk.
Now I am not comparing you to a baby, so let’s say that one of your goals is to start walking or running on a frequent basis. Again, it all starts with taking the first step. Before you run, you first need to get dressed and put your shoes on. And have you ever noticed how that is always the hardest part? I mean once you find enough strength and motivation to prepare yourself, the walking and running itself seems like the easy part. You actually feel motivated to do it once you find the strength to get ready and put your shoes on.
Even if you tell yourself that you are just going to go for a five-minute walk, that generally turns into a longer walk then just five minutes. Why? Because once you take the first step, you gain newfound amounts of motivation – motivation that only comes once you are willing to take that first step.
The next time that you try something new, or even think about trying something new, I want you to remember something. I want you to remember that anything is better than nothing. You will never know what you are capable of achieving, or how much something has the potential to impact your life until you are willing to at least try. If you try something and don’t like it, then move on. But at least you will know that it wasn’t meant for you instead of thinking that it wasn’t for you.
Look, I am not telling you to go out and solve all of the world’s problems. I’m really not even telling you to do something unreasonable. I am just telling you to try. The next time that you want to achieve something, break it into small steps and only move onto the next step once you have completed the previous. Because remember, you can’t make any progress in life unless you are willing to take the first step.
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