Following Your Dreams – Take the First Step

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about taking the leap of faith. I talked about following your calling, being true to yourself and going after your dreams. Being authentic, and taking a bit of a risk.

Some people were totally on board. Others questioned whether this approach is realistic. How can you suddenly decide to go after something you love, and continue to support your family? What happens if you fail and can no longer provide food for your children?

I completely understand. People are quite right to question.

But that leap of faith is nothing without the first step.

By taking the leap of faith, you don’t necessarily have to mindlessly drop everything, and go after your dreams with reckless abandonment and no prior planning (although that probably has worked for some people). Taking that leap involves a mindset shift; switching your focus, aligning your mission with your values, and deciding on the direction you wish to travel. Then planning ahead, and taking action.

You always hear new stories about people who completely changed their diet overnight, or quit their job and started a successful company in the blink of an eye. Radical changes seem to occur all the time.

However, these big shifts are usually made from a long series of small changes – lots of first steps. What we as the observers is often the result of years and years of dedication, failures, hard work and slow incremental progress. Nothing happens over night. Rome wasn’t built in a day, apparently.

There are obviously some exceptions to the rule. Some people with less commitments and less financial obligations can sometimes leap freely, without worry. Everyone’s situation is different.

For those with commitments; family, financial etc, taking the leap of faith is not always so straightforward. But you need not quit your job immediately, or make a massive change overnight. Instead, try picturing in your mind’s eye your end goal, then work backwards.

Which direction do you want to head in? Where do you want to be in 10, 5, 2, 1 years time?

What is the first step you can take today to help you reach these benchmarks and realise your dream? What new thing can you do each day to ensure growth, and movement in the right direction?

Can you start making a website? Do some extra learning? Brainstorm business ideas? Carry out some market research?

Can you start drinking a smoothie for breakfast? Perhaps start running a mile a day? Meditating for a few minutes?

Decide on something you can do that will take you closer to your goal today, and do it. Action is the most important part. Words and ideas are meaningless on their own. Showing up, and doing what you said you would do is what counts.

Repeat this day after day, always coming up with the next first step, always growing. You might be surprised at the progress you make.

By making changes and taking action every day, you can gradually build the framework you need to ease into a big change more steadily, if you desire. You can shorten the width of the precipice over which you will take the leap of faith, perhaps making it less daunting. You can clear some of the mist that clouds the way to the finish line, giving you a little more focus.

Having a plan or roadmap will help guide you on your way, but there will still be an element of risk and uncertainty. You will still have to make some decisions that you will be unsure of the outcome. We all know that life is unpredictable and can change at any minute, so don’t resist – adapt your approach, like water.

Despite the unpredictable outcomes, we can still control the decisions we make, and the actions we take. Those small changes may not seem like much at the time, but they soon add up to make radical shifts. Before you know it, your dreams are within touching distance. You’ve already completed the biggest part of the leap – the runup; the series of individual ‘first steps’.

So get out there, and do something each day that will take you closer to your goal. And don’t forget to enjoy the journey too.


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

3 Responses to “Following Your Dreams – Take the First Step

  • Love this post. May I reblog it? I love the part about deciding to do one thing today to make progress toward your goals. That’s what I’m all about!

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    […] Take baby steps. What is the one step you can take that will take you a little closer today? Do that first, then move onto the next step. Repeat often. […]

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