Original Post 2/17/2015
Do it….Take the first step
Motivation is important. But what do you do when that flash of motivation starts to dim? Where is the inspiration, the spark that started the whole thing?
A little determination might be in order to keep the motivation in high gear. How about humility, realistic goal setting, clear vision, certainty, or patience? These are just a few ingredients for change.
When I was cycling, I used to look up at the top of a hill I was climbing (searching for my next breath) and realized that I’d get psyched out while looking at the top. I started the mantra “big circles, big circles” (the circles your feet make while pedaling), ignoring the distance to the top to focus on only making big circles. One circle after another is what got me to the top (as well as that breath I was looking for). I use this mantra while running, practicing karate, teaching, or anything that requires quiet determination…one step at a time.
For some of us the first step is the hardest. The motivation, inspiration, and all the ingredients are there, however if you are not willing to ACT, you will not move from where you are right now. The first step is the most important. It establishes momentum. I still find myself struggling with that first step. My inner thoughts are often: I don’t want to waste time. I don’t want to make another mistake or I’m afraid my dreams will be shattered and I don’t want to look foolish. All of these obstacles are self imposed. Take a step, any step. The right step, the wrong step, any step will do. Take it and see what happens. Some of us need to structure each step. Some of us just need to take the first one and off we go. I tell my karate students all the time, you will never know what you can do unless you try. So….try it. Take a step.