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That First Step’s a Doozy

ImageStep One: Begin

Step Two: Does it really matter? You haven’t taken step one yet.

Step one is the most important step, because it leads to step two. Step one requires more effort than any other steps. It forces you to overcome your physical and/or mental inertia and start moving.

Take that first step on total faith. What can possibly happen?

  • A. You continue on to step two and are merrily on your journey.
  • B. You stumble and fall and have to redo step one, but now you have insight and experience to make sure you aren’t tripped up again.
  • C. You quit; but some day, weeks or years from now, you decide to resume your journey and at least you know what to expect at step one.
  • D. You quit and never try again; but at the very least you can say that you made an attempt at some point.

Every one of those options is better than never taking a step.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t even have to know what step two is at the time you launch into step one.

Just take the first step. See what happens. Impress yourself with your own ingenuity. Stepping into the unknown is better than sitting in complacent inadequacy.


Be Single Minded


I’m going to expound on the subject of focus from my previous post. I rarely expound in my books so please indulge me.

A huge stumbling block for many people is double-mindedness. The human mind (well, more the human MALE mind) is incapable of focusing on two things at once effectively. Since men tend to be worse at multitasking, trying to complete two projects simultaneously often leads to inferior work in not one, but both.

This is not exactly breaking news. Lion tamers use this principle to safely fend off a lion with a stool. By holding the chair or stool so that the legs are facing the big cat, it becomes disoriented and retreats since it can’t focus on all four points at once. The stool is more important to lion taming than the whip or the gun. (I am curious if this works equally well with a lioness).

There is an axiom of warfare that says, “To confuse your enemy, give them too many options.”

The Bible in James 1:8 states, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

There is an old saying, possibly Japanese, “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

See? All of recorded history agrees with me.

When we have an important task we need to devote ourselves entirely to it to filter out of any distractions. We need to focus on the immediate.

Does that mean we need to rearrange our entire lives? No, but it may mean we need to rearrange a portion of our lives. If you are working on a book, a painting, or a violin concerto it requires focused creative thought and energy. Though, you probably shouldn’t quit your job to work on that exclusively until it’s completed. But you should set aside time to work specifically on that and that alone. Every other lingering thought or distracting phone call or additional rabbit will dilute the focus of your efforts.

Fifteen minutes a day of total, focused effort is superior to two hours a day of watered down, poking-it-with-a-stick think-about-it-a-thons.

What worthwhile thing do you focus on daily? And along the same lines, what worthless thing do you devote your focus to? (*cough* tv *cough*)