Journey of a thousand miles…

Someone somewhere is baking a cake for the first time. The cake comes out OK: it’s eatable. But it tastes funny. On a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the best and one being the worst, the cake is hovering between minus 3 and minus 2. A few slices later, the cake will be thrown out: no one will eat it.

And someone somewhere is baking a cake that will be sold at a premium price. The cake looks incredible, the taste is undeniably sumptuous. On a scale of 1 to 10, that cake will be rated a 10. The people who will demolish the cake, will refer her baking skills to their friends. Her professional bakery, all silvery and clean, will be at 100% production, and her days ahead are booked in advance: seven to eight hours in the kitchen, and an expensive baking class on the weekend that she will teach to her raving fans. She is doing what she loves and earning enough to buy whatever she wants.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.  ~ Lao-Tsu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, yes. What no one tells you is that the first step usually sucks. Click to tweet this.

Because after the first step, there will be second one. Then a third. No one would want them, but the steps must be taken.

To arrive, first you must travel.

The first step is important. But so are the remaining steps.

And here’s the trick:

The trick is to treat every step as the first step.

The two bakers in the story above are actually the same person, just at different steps of the journey.

There comes a time when the journey of a thousand miles becomes the first step, setting you up for the next step and another thousand miles. The Universe loves to conspire to help you succeed, if you let it.

Keep taking those steps. One step at a time. Treat every step as the first one. You’ll be fine.

 

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