...begins with a single step
Man, I hate this quote. I can start anything, I've done that a thousand times. I have unfinished and ill-advised projects, workout plans and business ventures piled sky high. What I didn't have was any idea where I was going.
Does that mean I need a complete, well thought-out plan that accounts for every contingency with alternate pathways and countermeasures in place before I start? Well, no. That leaves me stuck in the "getting ready" zone, never actually starting, frozen in fear of having forgotten something.
And what if I don't want to go a thousand miles? What if I don't want to go at all? I have to but I don't want to. What if the first step is enough? How 'bout I realize I didn't really wanna to go after all? It was a stupid idea but I couldn't tell until I'd taken that first step. Or 10. Or 100. I learn something I didn't know before and now the whole trip is a terrible waste. What if the road's blocked, there's an accident or something and I can't get there? A thousand miles!?!! The pressure is just too much.
Obviously, none of those things are the point. The point is being willing to do. Not to plan or (over)think but to actually do something. Take a step even if it's a misstep. Move forward. Don't sit and think and plan and worry. Do. The corollary is; just because you start something doesn't mean you have to finish it. This is important. Like I started at the top I didn't have any idea where I was going most of the time. And that's OK. I am the total of my experiences, good, bad and indifferent. I am who I am and I'm good with that for the moment. Always room to improve, right?
I can live better with this:
You may have to take that first step a thousand times.