Let's face it, we all know that in order for things to change in our lives we have to start doing things differently. Whether it is in our actions, our beliefs or our words that we are changing, we can only begin and be in this one moment. But sometimes we get so caught up in the amount of change we need to make that we become overwhelmed and stuck.
Instead of focusing on where I am hoping to get to, I focus on one step at a time. Each step affirms my intent. Every journey, no matter whose it is or where it is going, involves one step at a time. Step by step.
When my focus is on each step I remain aware. I am open to the moment. I see the lessons and gifts along the way. I listen to my soul's response. I feel what I am letting go of and what I am embracing with tremendous presence.
Also, by giving my attention to each step, I do not fall into the slippery black hole of comparison. It does not matter what anyone else is doing on their journey. It is not a race. It is not a contest. When I focus on each of my steps I see my path unfolding in front of me and am able to walk within my own truth and authenticity.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." There is such wisdom in this statement. I don't need to see the whole picture. I don't need to worry or plan. I just need to bring my energies to this moment, this one step, holding this one intention. My soul feels the balance, the patience and the wisdom of this approach.
What always amazes me is when I practice this approach it is not long before I can acknowledge just how far I have come! It is amazing how with each step I become more of who I am with grace and fluidity. There is little struggle to this approach. There is no regret. There is an openness of possibilities.