Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase –
Martin Luther King Jr.
All right so we have discussed the process of positive change. Up to this point the focus was solely internal. However, for the change to occur one must seek to the outside world and make a move. The terror continues but none-the-less a step that can be accomplished.
At this juncture the finish line is not important but many parts of the future are dependent on that first step. This step often forces you to rely on faith and the desire to change. Essentially the significance of faith reduces the fear of the unknown that is directed toward the unimaginable personal transition one stares in the eye. Often the threshold of our desires and hopes for change are set well below our actual abilities. My friend Cristen directed me toward the video below that is worthy of mentioning and discusses the purpose of faith and external factors that reduce the fear of being left alone on a limb.
The task this week is to focus only on the step forward; even if this is a baby step or one that is only noticed by the self. Don’t worry about the consequences of that step or the “big picture.” Stay tuned to the step alone. I will elaborate on that a minute since I commonly talk about living outside of the box and now I am suggesting that you box up your progress for a moment. I have a method to all this. Looking at too much too soon can overwhelm a person. Fear becomes the result of fantasizing too far into the future and may prevent progress all together. So for the moment when change and progress is a new concept one may need to box it up a bit.
Setting a Goal – AKA making your staircase
The goal that you would like to work toward will lead you to the essential first step. Therefore, starting with a goal is vital. For instance, learning to live a reduced stress lifestyle is the set out goal. Well that is easily mentioned or even thoroughly discussed but does anyone know how to achieve this lifestyle. Well first off one has to realize that each person’s stress is individual as well as the contributing factors. So I will walk you through my staircase of achieving a reduced stressful life.
1. Let go of uncontrollable situations
2. Making a schedule to manage my time appropriately
3. Remove or minimize interactions with negative people
4. Accept my shortcomings and work around them not against them
5. Think positively about situations and expel positivity to others
6. Make sure to engage in fun activities
7. Do not take on too many tasks
*This is where my staircase becomes hazy
Recognize that many of the steps took internal energy and few took the work of the external world. I am not sure if the goal of the staircase will change or if there is even an end to the staircase. That is the pleasure and importance of not knowing where the staircase will lead – that is relevant to the universe no the person.
Now that I put the abstract into reality it is also relevant to quickly discuss the fear of change. Anything that fear attaches to has the potential of robbing your progress. Fear and disbelief is a sure fire culprit that prevents or stunts change. But looking beyond the fear of change one can move further toward the goal than ever imagined. However, I will not ignore consuming abilities of fear. Even mentioning change is a fear stricken event. Learning to accept the fear related to change helps when taking that first step. Welcome the fear and do not try to dispel it but rather work around that feeling. But whatever you do avoid allowing the fear to control your taking risks. Once you have fear under control by acknowledging its existence and inevitable presence then stepping out on a limb will not be an unbearable task.
Once the fear is at least tolerable set out to imagine the first few steps or movements toward change. Do not be consumed with the big picture, again it is not important. Just as the video mentioned, taking the steps and moving toward change is your job but the universe has its responsibility as well. The staircase and what is waiting for you is part of the universe and what it has to offer. Be secure that it will come through and do its part. Being positive and believing in your abilities will take you beyond your best fantasies. Plus realizing the world is not on your shoulders, you have supporters and the universe that must contribute to your change.
Good luck tapping into your universe and doing your part.