Sometimes the hardest thing in the world to do it to take the first step. Every time you start something new it requires a small or large leap that is uncomfortable, risks failure or humiliation and leaves you vulnerable to the judgments of the world or sometimes worse, yourself. Every single time!
Starting again is even worse for me…because in my mind it means I’ve failed. I love the new Oprah Weight Watcher’s commercial where she says, “So every time I tried and failed and ever time I tried again and every time I tried again has brought me to this most powerful moment to say if not now, when?”
The middle of January is horrible for me because I have a list of failed resolutions cluttering up my motivation and bullying me into believing that I will never accomplish anything. Just because I try and fail and I have to try again does not mean that I’m a failure or that I should give up but rather that I need to try again.
This is true in the small things like keeping my house organized, cooking healthy meals, remembering to take my laundry out of the washing machine and put it in the dryer. It’s also true for big things like looking for friends, spirituality, putting your heart out there looking for love. The first steps of getting started and the first steps of starting again are terrifying but so worth the risk. I recently wrote an article that said, “I’d rather live a life of “Oh, wells” than have one full of “What ifs?”
There are days I believe that more than others and I feel super brave and indestructible. And then there are days when I don’t get out of my PJ’s and I feel small and scared and defeated. The challenge is to not let small, scared and defeated days outweigh the good days.
For me, it starts with getting up early and reading the Bible. That helps me center my day around Jesus. It helps me to have a few minutes of alone before everyone is awake and demanding my time. After my time in the Bible I’ve been trying to write a list of things that I want to accomplish in the day. It’s way to keep myself moving, otherwise I c
an waste a whole day staring at Facebook and not even realize it. I consume Facebook the way I consume ice cream…If I don’t portion it out in a small bowl, I’ll eat the whole carton!
So, my question for you today is what are you going to start or what are you going to start again? We all need to start something…where is your starting line? Together, we can take that first step. Together we can remind each other that we are braver than we believe. Together. It’s so much easier together than alone.