Taking That First Step Towards Something is the Hardest Part, but You’ll Be Thankful You Did.
The first time doing something new can be really daunting. The first time riding a bike, the first time presenting in class, the first time interviewing for a job are just a few of many intimidating experiences that come to mind.
At the same time, new experiences can be so beautiful and profound that it helps you develop and grow as a person. I remember the feeling of the first time visiting the beach, the first time experiencing a new culture, the first time attending university and moving away from home.
The most important thing that I’ve learned over my life is that you need to take that first step out of your comfort zone and realize that the world is full of first times for everyone and everything. Although it may be scary, part of the process is embracing the experience, reflecting upon it, and seeing how you can improve upon the process incrementally over time.
There were many times in my life where I would spend hours upon hours coming up with ideas or researching and thinking about how I would go about doing something instead of actually taking that first step in doing it. I would have a folder in my Google Drive full of ideas for funny skits or business ideas and never act on it, and then see someone else do it in the future.
There are other times where I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there and taking that first step: joining a dance team, starting my own e-commerce business, getting a personal trainer at the gym. All of these things weren’t easy, but I gained knowledge and experience each time I took a step towards a bigger goal. Even small steps are still progress.
the times where you succeed is what makes the whole process meaningful
The most important thing to realize is that perfection should never be expected the first time. There’s going to be times that you fall of that bike. There’s going to be many times where you get rejected from that job. There’s going to be many times where you miss that shot you took. However, the times where you succeed is what makes the whole process meaningful.
start prioritizing the things that you’ve been putting off starting.
Has there been anything you have been meaning to do but haven’t found time to start or there’s something preventing you from doing it? I encourage you to block out time in the future to start that new hobby or venture, and start prioritizing the things that you’ve been putting off starting. For me personally, I’ve been putting off writing this first post for the longest time.