Earlier in the week I read a blog post by Scott Young about how the first step to achieving any goal is always putting in that first effort to make success possible. For example, he says, if your goal is to get fit then ‘step one’ is actually leaving the house and going to the gym. If your goal is to be a writer, step one is just sitting down and starting to write.
Step one does not guarantee success. But failing to do step one does guarantee failure.
It seems kind of obvious when said like that, but the truth is for many of us this is where we trip up - we look too far ahead and start second guessing ourselves. We think about the things that make up steps 2 and 3 and 4… whatever those might be, and we fail to ever take that first step. We talk ourselves out of things before we ever get started.
This month on the hoozyu blog we’re looking at motivation and all the different things that entails.
We could talk for hours about the ‘art’ of motivation and different ways to get motivated in life. But the truth is, in some cases, we spend so long waiting for motivation to arrive that we forget ‘step one’.
Step one is not ‘wait for motivation’. It is more like ’get going’.
Beyond that point motivation becomes very important - it is after all what keeps us going - but if you spend your life waiting for the motivation to take that first step, you may end up waiting a very long time…
If you’d like to read the aforementioned blog post by Scott Young, you can find it here: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2011/07/18/step-one/