Journey of a thousand miles

“The journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.”

Lao Tsu

Your goal may seem far away and unattainable. You may think it’s too far away. But these kinds of thoughts won’t get you there. 

True change will only begin when you take the first step. You may not be able to see all the steps between you and your vision. They may be covered in mists and fog.

A long journey will be full of unknowns. There is no way you will know everything you need to know in advance. If you’re not careful you can spend your life preparing and planning for a journey that you will never take.

Better to take the first steps on the path. Have faith in yourself! When problems come up you will deal with them. If you need help, you will find it along the way. The adventure begins when you start doing things.

What is your journey of a thousand miles? What is your first step? If you’re already on your journey, what is the next best step you can take?


This framework was inspired by Steve Kozel.

See also: Journey, Mountain climbing, Deep dive, Milestones, Stepping stones, Path, Highs and lows.

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