“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Whether you are starting a new journey or taking a step to redirect your journey, change can be intimidating. When you can sense those thousand miles in front of you, that first step is daunting. For some, it’s because they know that once they start, they have to finish. They don’t want to be known as a quitter. For some, it’s because they’re afraid of how they will be seen for taking that step. For others, maybe it’s because they don’t think they have the time or the patience for the entire journey.
We live in such a fast-paced society that it’s easy to want to see results quickly. We enjoy instant gratification. So we justify not taking the journey of a thousand miles because there is a five-mile journey that seems 9,995 miles less risky, less intimidating. But in return, that journey may only be 0.5% as rewarding and you may only get 0.5% of the outcome, result or reward.
I recently read that it takes 300 muscles in your body to balance yourself standing still, but only 200 muscles to take a step forward. (I read it on the Internet, and we all know everything posted on the Internet is true, right?) So even if your current state seems pretty manageable, a step forward may actually take less energy than you may think.
So, as the seasons change, it can be a great time for motivating change in your own life and perhaps in the lives of your chapter members. Take a chance. Remember, you only have to take the journey one step at a time.