How to Take the First Step

by Barry Hill

After months and years of sedentary habits, poor diet, and minimal exercise, it can be tough to take the first step.  It can be difficult to even know where to start, or how to muster the motivation and courage to do so.

You may think about it day after day, and know internally that something needs to change, but you’re at a loss for how you can go about it.

The key to taking the first step is by just doing it.  Commit to taking an action, and do it.  But you already knew that, didn’t you?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” says Lao Tzu in the famous Tao Te Ching.

What is the journey that you need to be taking?  What have you been putting off for weeks, months, and years?  What is a change that you can make that will drastically improve the quality and trajectory of your life?  When you look into the mirror each day, are you completely pleased with what you see, or is there something you’d like to change?

Be Specific

Let’s say that the change that you need to make is getting in better shape.  First off, you came to the right place.

“Getting in shape,” is great, but it’s not a specific action that you can take.  Going for a walk for 30 minutes, on the other hand, is something that is specific, and can be done immediately.  Doing 10 pushups, is something that’s measurable.  Drinking 8 glasses of water is another great one.  Before you finish reading the rest of this article, I challenge you to choose something concrete that you will accomplish today.  No excuses, no delays, choose something that will serve as your first step.

Be as specific as possible about the action you are going to take.


Take Action

When you’ve specified which action you are going to accomplish, it’s time to execute.  It’s time to take that first step.  It’s time to finally make a change in a positive direction.

Go right now, and take action on the activity you committed to doing.  Drop what you’re doing, and take action.


If you’re still reading this, and haven’t taken action, why did you let an excuse get in the way?

Schedule Everything Important

Results are made from taking consistent action over time.  If there’s something that’s important to you, schedule it in your calendar.  This way, it will become a routine and a habit that you can rely on, rather than something that takes willpower.  Willpower is a finite resource.  Routines, on the other hand, are something that you can stick to even when you’re tired, irritable, and sore.

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Create a Vision

Have a goal in mind of where you want to be.  Is your goal to be pain-free?  Is it to lose weight so you can spend more quality time with your loved ones?  Whatever your vision is, be specific about it.  Write it down.  Share it with your spouse or loved ones.  If you don’t have a vision, or a plan, or a destination in mind, you’re not going to just  end up there by random chance.  Your life is undoubtedly going a certain direction, the question is, are you in control of it?

Stay the Course

Taking the first step is just the beginning.  But it’s a huge hurdle to accomplish.  If this article has gotten you to take action, then congratulations.  I’m happy that it had a positive affect on your life, and I’m excited to hear how you make progress.  You’re one step closer to the outcome you want to achieve.

That said, your journey has just begun.  Stay consistent with it, at all costs.  Build it into your schedule so it becomes a routine, and a habit.  There will be days when you don’t feel like it.  There will be nights when excuses get in the way.  If you succumb to the excuses, and you don’t take action one day, don’t let that derail you.  Nobody is perfect, and mistakes happen.  But don’t let one mistake halt your progress.  Stay the course, and continuously take action, and you can achieve just about anything.

What step did you take?  Please share with us, we’d love to hear about it!

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