The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step

The title of this article is based on the words of Lao Tzu, who said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

This is true not just for a long journey, but also for short ones, and journeys, here are not meant to be actual journeys-trips. They refer to goals, tasks and actions. Everything that you do require that you take the first step.

Even drinking water from the tap requires that you walk to the kitchen to open the tap and fill a glass of water. If taking the first step is essential for such a simple act of filling a glass of water, it is of vital importance to achieving any goal.

If you wait for things to happen, probably nothing would happen. You have to take the initiative and do things.


  • Do you want to use creative visualization? You need to start visualizing.
  • Do you want to change a certain habit? You have to take action?
  • Do you want to learn meditation and make it a part of your life? You need to learn to meditate and start meditating.
  • Do you need a job? You have to start looking for it.
  • Do you want to be rich? You have to start planning and doing things to get rich.
Waiting, and doing nothing, do not create success, and do not help you achieve your goals, task or chores, but taking action does.

Often, laziness and inner resistance prevent you from taking the first step. Once you take one step in the direction of your goal, the second step would follow. However, you have to take the first one. It is the same if you want to sweep the floor, go to the store and buy milk or bread, learn a new language, find a new job, start a business or become a writer. The first step is always important.

Once you make the first step, it will be easier to overcome laziness and resistance. This would give your confidence, and strengthen your motivation and desire to succeed.

It is pleasant to daydream, but to make your daydreams come true you have to start walking in their direction. You have to take action. You have to take the first step, and then the second, the third, and all the steps that separate you from your goal. Any goal, small and big, financial, material or spiritual.

Remember the words of Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Also remember that a very short journey also begins with one step, the first step.


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