The most important step is the first one

Every time I think about writing a book, I think about the weeds. 

What will I write about? 

Will the book matter to anyone?

Where will I find two hours a day? 

What if it ends up on the clearance shelf at the local bookstore as soon as it’s published?

What if it’s not published?

Welcome to my little version of analysis paralysis.  

Sound familiar? 

The prospect of walking the entire journey all at once becomes so overwhelming that you find yourself rooted to the ground, unable to take a step. 

And that’s why the first step is so important. 

Recently, I had a conversation with a client who wanted to make meditation a daily habit. So we agreed that she would show up to her meditation spot for two minutes, five days per week. 

Two minutes is barely enough time to get seated on the pillow. 

But that’s not the point. The point is showing up to the pillow every day. 

She’s taking the first step.

And that's the most important step to take. 

Do you want to go to your workplace gym every day at noon? But you don’t know what you’ll do for a workout, whether or not you’ll have time to shower, and when you’ll actually eat your lunch. 

Don’t worry about those pieces. 

Every day, walk down to the gym. 

That’s it. 

That’s all you have to do. 

Stop trying to climb the mountain in one day. 

I know, I know. I’ll try to stop climbing my mountain in one day two.