Just Get Started: The First Step is Always the Hardest

First Step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is full of challenges and issues and problems. Every day on the news, in our social media feeds, and in our conversations with colleagues and family and friends, we are confronted by the things that are wrong in the world. At the moment it’s Islamic State and predatory Hollywood execs. Next week it will be something else.

But do you know what never makes the news?

All the problems that have already been fixed.  If they’re really impressive they make the news once… but then nothing.

What if your daily current affairs intake was made up of running commentary about how many more lives had been saved by safety-belts in cars today? Or polio vaccinations? Or sunscreen? Or modern sanitation?

First Step MLK

But here’s the fabulous part…

All the problems of the world that have already been solved – and there are countless examples – started because somebody decided to give it a crack.

Somebody. Just a regular somebody. Just like you and me.

Somebody with a few skills, but numerous bouts of self-doubt.

Somebody with a vision, but lack of a crystal clear plan.

Somebody with a little faith, but no certainty.

So what’s the point of this?

First Step Tony Robbins

Just start. Wherever you are. Just start. Take the first step.

It might not be the right first step. It doesn’t matter, because now you’ve got momentum.

You might not find your tribe with your first blog post. It doesn’t matter, because now you’ve taken the first step, you’ve got momentum.

You might not solve climate change with your first invention, but it doesn’t matter, you’ve taken the first step… you get the picture.


When I first started my blog in April 2017, I had some ideas for a couple of posts. I was worried I’d run out of ideas. I was worried nobody would read it. I was worried I had nothing new to say. I was worried that trolls would get me.

You know what? None of that matters – I’ve got momentum. Now even when I’ve had a frantic day at work, a messy dinner time/bedtime routine with our four year old, and I’d love nothing more than to curl up in from of the television until bed time… I don’t. Because I took the first step, and now I’ve got momentum.

First Step Elvy

So whatever it is you’ve been dreaming about… whatever the problem is that you see in the world and wish was solved… take the first step.

Momentum will take care of the rest.

And… if that’s too hard?

Read The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I’m about half-way through, and it’s the most elegant and simple mind-hack I’ve every come across.

You can watch her TEDx talk here if you need convincing.



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2 thoughts on “Just Get Started: The First Step is Always the Hardest”

  1. Maybe this could be a place where you have actually given a piece of advice for yourself – if you want to write a book, get the table of contents done, and leave the rest to momentum? Or at least: once you have the table of contents in writing, you have the possibility to elaborate on it and fine-tune it – and at the same time, at any time, do some writing on whatever chapter you find most inspiring for the time being?

    • Touche!

      So true – and probably the inspiration for the post was the advice I intuitively knew I needed to hear!

      I love that you get me! So grateful for your time and attention 🙂


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