cs lewis: take a step

Every Wednesday I share another’s words of wisdom, exploring how I can apply this wisdom to my own life. Please join in the conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section. Because if you’re anything like me, you have a lot to learn in this life. 

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”

~ C. S. Lewis

Faced with a monumental task such as packing up a household, losing weight, writing a novel, or starting a business, we can easily become overwhelmed to the point that we decide to do nothing at all. We decide not to move or follow our dreams or respond to that email or write that blog entry, remaining stagnant rather than progressing. With each day we procrastinate, it becomes harder to surmount the obstacle.

All it takes is one step, one day at a time, because that’s all we can do. Open up your word processor and write a page, it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not. Put on your running shoes, it doesn’t matter if you’re slow. Get to it, even if its just for five minutes. The next time, you’ll last for ten minutes. And the next time, even longer. Until you start to enjoy writing that book or running that mile or living without sugar.

You don’t have to turn a profit the first day or month or year. You don’t have to lose all the weight before your vacation. You don’t have to get 1000 subscribers before your 30th birthday. All you have to do is take action in this moment, making decisions for your greatest good, moving in the direction that you want to go.

Take one step, then another step, and rejoice that you’ve been given legs.

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