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Remember That The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step

January 13, 2013 in Spiritual Wisdom For Increasing Wealth

I can vividly remember the first sentence I ever wrote in my very first book! It seems like a long time ago. Yet had I not written that first sentence, I wouldn’t have finished that first book, or the second, and so on. And so it goes. Every journey, however long it may be, begins with a single step. But you must take that first step. Once you do, each step takes you closer and closer to your goal.

Sometimes, when you consider taking on a new venture-whether it’s raising a child, writing a book, starting a new business, beginning a savings plan, or anything else-the task can seem overwhelming. It’s as though you’ll never be able to arrive at your final destination, as if the first step isn’t going to help. When you look too far out toward the horizon, it can seem to difficult. You might even wonder where to begin.

The trick to success sounds very simplistic, because it is very simple: Just begin. Take a single step, followed by another, and then another. Don’t look too far out into the future, and don’t look too far back either. Stay centered in the present moment as best you can. If you follow this simple plan, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish over time.

When I graduated from my Ph.D. program, my dear friend Marvin gave me, as a gift, the complete works of Carl Jung. That’s twenty-six long volumes of material. In volume one was a note from Marvin worth sharing here. He wrote: “Becoming educated doesn’t happen overnight! Education is a lifelong process that happens in short intervals. If you were to read only eight pages a day, for the next seven years, you would be one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on the work of Carl Jung, and you would get through every page!” Despite not being a huge fan of Jung, I have always appreciated my friend’s message.

The same, of course, is true with all ventures. A wealthy friend of mine, worth many millions of dollars, remembers opening his first savings account with his wife over forty years ago with 10$. They both laugh when they say, “It’s amazing what a little time will do.” Had they not decided to start somewhere, their incredible success would never have manifested itself.

Over and over again I hear people telling me about the book they are going to write, the savings account they are about to open, the business they are going to start, or the charity they are planning to help. But in many instances, these plans and dreams keep getting put off until “the conditions are right.” One of the most powerful messages I can share with you, one that I’m absolutely certain of, is this: In almost all cases, the conditions you are waiting for will not be significantly different next week or next year. Don’t worry that the conditions have to be perfect. The truth is, you are still going to have to take the first step! If you take it now, instead of later, you’ll be many steps closer to your dreams by this time next year.