There is an ancient proverb which says, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." There is a great deal of wisdom in this proverb. So often, we look at a task, a goal, or a problem we face and become intimidated by its magnitude. Yet, if we divide the task into a series of smaller task, or the goal into a number of smaller objectives, or the problem into a few smaller problems, then that which we face is no longer insurmountable. It all begins with a first step, so to speak.
The same can be said of change. Desiring to make changes in our life also can be intimidating. Making a decision to change our marriages, our careers, our spending habits, our eating habits, our relationship, or any other area of our lives can be quite anxiety-producing. At the same time, if we keep in mind the wisdom contained in the proverb presented above, making changes can be simpler. In a real sense, in order to bring about a change in our marriage, it may involve improving communication. In order to effect a change in our careers, it may be as simple as taking advantage of a continuing education class offered by our employers. Similar changes can be made in our eating and spending habits or in our relationships. We may be surprised to know the great benefits that can accrue from eliminating refined sugars from our diets or by living on a budget. We may be astounded to discover that spending more quality time with our significant other can work wonders for our relationship. It all begins with a first step.
Why don`t you decide to take the first step today? What does it mean to take the first step to change? Let me suggest three things that comprise this step. First, taking a step to change requires us to make a choice. We have got to decide that the best thing for us to do is to change. We determine that we want to be better than we are right now. Second, when we take a step to change, it means that we make a commitment. We establish in our minds that we are going to do it, whether change is easy or difficult. Moreover, when we make a commitment, we endeavor to continue over the long haul.
The third component to taking a step to change involve giving change a chance. In other words, we are patient with ourselves as we walk along the road of change. We will experience mountains and valleys, successes and failures, highs and lows. Yet, we understand that change is a process, one that we will be involved in for the rest of our lives.
A choice, a commitment, a chance. Three components to the first step to change. Why don`t you take the step today?