Daksha Patel 
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“The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step” – Lao Tzu 
Although this quote talks about journeys, which can be long or short, it can also be applied to goals, tasks and activities. When you think about it, they all require taking that first step, no matter how big or small. If you don’t take that first step, then it’s unlikely that you will accomplish what you set out to do. 
 
 
KEEP IT SIMPLE 
The first step you take doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. In fact, the simpler it is the more likely you are to take it. If it’s simple, it takes less willpower, motivation and energy. 
 
 
When I decided I wanted to drink more water, my simple first step was to drink a minimum of two glasses of water every day. Setting a minimum meant I could drink more if I chose to. However, 2 glasses of water were my measure of success. 
 
In the beginning, I had to consciously remind myself to do it. I planned it into my day by having the first glass in the morning and the second after lunch. By keeping my first step simple, it was easy to take consistent action and succeed. Over time it became a new habit which eventually become a subconscious automatic behaviour. 
 
BREAK IT DOWN 
Your goal may feel enormous, scary and overwhelming. This is exactly how I felt when I decided to run my first marathon. Running 26.2 miles felt like a massive task. When I broke my 6 months plan into monthly, weekly and daily actions, I felt a lot more excited about starting my training. You can do this for any goal: 
 
• Starting a new project 
• Presenting in front of a group 
• Writing a book 
• Making lifestyle changes 
• Networking 
• Changing habits 
• Developing new skills 
• Improving relationships 
 
KNOW YOUR ‘WHY?’ 
Taking that first step will feel easier when you are clear on your ‘why?’ Very few people know ‘WHY’ they want to embark on their ‘journey’. Maybe your ‘why’ is linked to your purpose, your calling or your values. Your ’why’ is going to keep you focused and keep you going when you feel like giving up. So, your ‘why’ is very important! 
 
When I ran my first marathon I wanted to raise as much money as possible for the Muscular Dystrophy Society. My youngest brother was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (a genetic disease) and therefore it was a cause very dear to my heart. My ‘why’ was crystal clear
 
TOP TIPS: 
 
1. Get clear on your ‘why’. 
2. Break down the goal, task or activity into smaller actions. 
3. Identify the simplest first step you can take every day. 
 
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OVER TO YOU 
I would love to hear your thoughts on this quote and how you may have applied it in your work or personal life. 
 
 
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