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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.

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If You’re Failing It’s Because the Universe is Against You


Too harsh a title?

Well, here’s my reasoning. The universe was designed to punish our inactivity. Our universe follows certain laws that never change and one of those is a Law of Thermodynamics also known as “Entropy.”

Entropy is synonymous with degeneration. All things that are not growing, that are not in use, that do not have energy being applied to them begin to deteriorate. That is the natural state of the universe.

Ships that remain in port for too long are soon no longer seaworthy.

The athlete that stops exercising becomes fat, and possibly bitterly nostalgic.

A relationship that no one puts effort into stagnates and dies.

When you stop using your mind regularly you lose your smartness (that’s me taking a dig at myself for not blogging for so long).

Before you collapse under the crushing weight of the Universe working against you, there is hope. There is another physical law of the universe known as Inertia. That law says two things:

  1. That an object at rest tends to remains at rest.
  2. An object in motion tends to remain in motion.

It takes an expenditure of energy to create change. But once you initiate change and expend some energy into sustaining it, you shed off part 1 of inertia and become an inertia-2 person.

Your fit neighbor that runs every day. It probably takes her very little discipline to get up every morning and run TODAY. It was hard to start, it took some discipline to keep going, but now it would probably be harder for her to not run than to run. She’s an object in motion that tends to remain in motion. The universe is now on her side.

If you want to change something in your life, the hardest thing for you to do is to start. So don’t think about it, just start. Give yourself a chance to get the universe on your side.