“The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” –Lao-tzu
You’ve heard it over. And over. And over. And it’s true. You won’t get anywhere without that first step. But Lao-tzu feels so passive and soft compared to how I feel at the start of my 30 Days. And when you start a life-changing challenge, you don’t want to start quietly.
Go louder. Go bigger.
Curl your fingers around the steering wheel of a race car with the engine rumbling beneath your feet and the light milliseconds from green.
Hang your toes off the edge of a cliff, a parachute packed behind you, the rip cord handle sweaty in your palm as the wind swirls around you.
Listen to the crowd chant, scream, and cheer your name as the spotlight holds you in its grip.
That’s the kind of feeling you should have when you get started. That’s the excitement, the gut wrenching, the anticipation that you need to feel. That feeling that will propel and carry you forward. And it’s that feeling that will support you through when things get hard and again when things get harder.
You can always wait for Monday. And yes, I know I start on the first of the month, but it’s not necessary. And if the you’re not blogging or working around a different kind of structure, then I don’t recommend waiting for anything.
Don’t wait! What the calendar says isn’t important. What the hands of the clock show doesn’t count. That feeling is the only that that matters right now.
That you-can’t-catch-me attitude because that is how successful people think. If it’s raining outside but you want to start running today. Do it. If you’re laptop is broken, but you have a story to write, find paper and pen. Whatever your working on, get going.
It’s not a feeling that comes back all the time. You have to look for it, be aware of it, and hang on. But when you start thinking about your goals, and start talking about your ideas with everyone you see, and when you start planning for real, this feeling grows and bubbles inside you.
Think about your goal and burn for it.
Burn for it. And start. And that’s where you should begin.