“A journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step”, said Lao Tzu.
That seems obvious doesn’t it?
To get to where we want to go, however far away or however big a goal that place might be, there has to be a first step.
Obvious but maybe not so simple as it seems.
You’d think it would be easy. A single step in the right direction. Followed by another single step, and so on.
From a humble beginning great things can be achieved, by taking series of single steps, focused on a destination and making up a significant journey.
Which of course is often a lot easier said than done!
This can be especially true after the upset of relationship breakup. Moving from the old and familiar to the new is challenging at the best of times, but if we don’t feel it is what we want in the first place then the resistance is even greater. Even when we KNOW we need to move on, why is the first step so very hard and what can we do about it?
To make a commitment to a new path, a change, a different direction can seem both huge and fearsome.
When our world has been turned upside down by breakup to start to move onto the new can seem mountainous, and often we would rather do everything in our power to stop ourselves having to do that.
We might stay stuck for months or even years, constantly looking to our past vision of how we thought our future was going to be, rather than moving forward with what we are faced with now.
We might know in our head that we can’t change another’s behaviour.
We might recognise that for some time the relationship hadn’t been as good as it once was.
We might even admit to ourselves that we had ignored or denied the signs that showed us that all was not right, but the challenge of moving out of our comfort zone and into the unknown kept us from taking action.
But above all these things there is one single reason why that initial step into a new life is the hardest and scariest of all.
The first step encompasses and represents everything we are leaving behind, everything that we wanted and dreamed would be for us and in our lives in the future.
No longer can we deny that the relationship wasn’t always good.
No longer can we deny that it’s over.
No longer can we deny that we need to take action ourselves and move forward, rather than looking back and wondering ‘What if?’
The first step means a step both away from the dream world of denial, pain and suffering and also one towards the reality of our situation. The step represents an acceptance of that reality and it moves us away from the endless scenarios from the past that our mind likes to confuse and question us with.
But there is good news! There is something else we will not be denying with our first step
No longer can we deny that we are the master of our own destiny, and it is up to us to move on and see where it takes us!
The process of taking that first step, is us saying to ourselves, our subconscious, The Universe even if you like, that we are starting to take action towards being everything that we want to become. That we are prepared to change, to be flexible, to look at life anew and grow in the process.
We are saying that we want to move forward.
We are saying we are ready to leave the pain and suffering behind
These are a very compelling statements to make.
It puts us, perhaps for the first time in our lives, on a path to a future of our choosing.
It means recognising your self-worth.
It means putting yourself at the top of the list, perhaps for the first time ever.
And yes, it means a step into the unknown, away from the familiar, away from the ‘uncomfortable comfortable’ if you like, but at the same time it will take us into a greater freedom than was previously possible.
We may still go back and forth a bit, that is very common.
We might even get side tracked and start looking for other options that feel more comfortable in the short term.
We might hedge our bets with different scenarios.
But when we openly recognise the deep inner knowing that there are only in practice two choices, going forward or going back and being stuck, then that single first move forward is really the only way.
Taking that first step is the most powerful step of all, because it means you are ready to stand in your own light and be all that you can be.
You are no longer a victim.
You are no longer simply a label attached to your family circumstances such as wife, mother, daughter etc.
You are saying you will not settle for a small life or second best.
You are declaring you deserve the best and you are going to claim it.
You are acknowledging that you are a strong, loving, peaceful, independent woman and that you are on a journey to truly find her in all her glory and enjoy her company!
So, I guess what that wise old Chinese master was saying was – just do it!
You know you must at some point or another or stay stuck, so no more prevaricating, take the action and go.
Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from being your true self
and living your life to the full.
Once you’ve taken the first step, the second step is easier.
Of course there will be challenges and more difficult steps, that’s part of life, but once traveling in the direction of your true being you will be on your way to a better life, one of your choosing.
If you’re already on your way – huge congratulations! That’s great news. Your world awaits and I am truly happy for you!
However if you feel would like some help in clarifying what you need to do to get to that point and then direction to help you see it through in the fastest way, and without going down dead ends and rabbit holes, then book a free call with me and we can discuss how I and my programme can help you.
I have been where you are now, and I’ve found my way out and I would love to help you do it a lot LOT quicker than I did!
So book a call now and lets have a chat.