The hardest thing with making a step or working for something new is the fear of the unknown. Humans are creatures of habits, and once we establish our patterns you can bet that we will stick to them out of shear familiarity. No matter what they may or may not be doing, or even harming. The comfort of knowing the process and outcome, is what draws us to our patterns. The magic, however, happens when we can get in the creative mindset and allow for the uncertainty. That phase of living requires change, and change is scary. However, nothing ever transpires with out change. Nothing grows without change. The possibilities never present themselves to you with out some sort of change.
“Many false steps were made by standing Still.” ~unknown
Think about that quote above. “Many false steps were made by standing still.” That could not be truer. Often when I am working with clients on anything from fitness to lifestyle to nutrition, my first piece of advice is to just start working. I will often take that approach when I am trying to solve some a problem or get something down and I am either have trouble finding the vision, or for that matter I am nervous about a new venture and platform. I have come to find that if I just start moving, just start working then the path becomes clearer to me.
So, often times with the new year and new goals that people have the best piece of advice that I can give you is to just start working. If it’s with nutrition, then just take the first step and meet with a nutritionist, or clear out your junk from the food cabinets, or set your daily simple goals. If it is with fitness, then just wake up and start walking, or for that matter walk through the doors of your gym and just start. If it is a lifestyle change that you are nervous to begin, then just start moving in that direction and figure it out. It almost goes along the lines of Reid Hoffman’s quote of “jumping off the cliff and building the plane on the way down.” The more you think about the change, the more you think about the plan, the easier it is to dwell on every little piece of the puzzle. Then, before you know it you are sitting there on the plan and afraid to move due to all the negative energy or worry you have created. Just start moving.
“No man ever stands in the same river twice, for he is not the same person and it’s not the same river.” – Heraclitus
Now, think of the quote above. No matter how hard some people might fight to avoid change, change is inevitable. Every single day, every single minute, and every single second the world is changing and evolving. For that matter, so too are you and every other person on this planet. We think we are the same and in our comforts, but the only thing you can be certain of is the uncertainty of life. So, for that matter, move with intention and passion, and move with the direction of what and where you want to be.