Take that first step

Every journey, however long it may be, begins with a single step. But you must take that first step. Once you do, each step takes you closer and closer to your goal.

Sometimes, when you consider taking on a new venture – whether it’s writing a book, beginning a new project, or anything else – the task can seem overwhelming. It’s as though you’ll never be able to arrive at your final destination, as if the first step isn’t going to help. When you look too far out toward the horizon, it can seem too difficult. You might even wonder where to begin.

The trick to success sounds very simplistic, because it is very simple: Just begin. Take a single step, followed by another, and then another. Don’t look too far out into the future, and don’t look too far back either. Stay centered in the present moment as best you can. If you follow this simple plan, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish over time.

Over and over again people plan about the book they are going to write, the project they are going to start, or the charity they are planning to help. But, in many instances, these plans and dreams keep getting put off until “the conditions are right.” 

You will agree, in almost all cases, the conditions you are waiting for will not be significantly different next week or next year. Don’t worry that the conditions have to be perfect. The truth is, you are still going to have to take that first step!


Srila Prabhupada's Quote
While chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna 
you should always feel the presence of Krishna in Person 
and as soon as you remember Krishna in Person 
you can remember also about His talks with Arjuna.
If you cannot remember Krishna in Person 
you should try to hear attentively the word Krishna, Hare as you go on chanting.
- Letter to Ballabhi: New York, May 5,  1967
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  • Pranam Prabhuji,


    I really liked this article. This is so very true. That first step to take, we think so much for the future and as you said we just keep waiting for the right opportunity to come and we think that this is not the ideal condition to take such step. But, i got a lesson from this article that we have to take that very first step and should not keep waiting for the right circumstance which might never come. If only we take the first step, then the next and like that we can reach to our destination, one day. So, it is very essentional to take the first step.


    This lesson is a true guide for me...thanks.


    Hari bol.



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