Watch the first step: it’s a doozy! I am training a young Harris’s Hawk for falconry at the moment and one of the most significant steps in manning (training) a hawk is getting it to hop from a perch to the glove for food. My new bird, Oya, did that last night!
For the bird, it is a matter of trust. It has to have sufficient courage to overcome the fear of the unknown. I suppose the same is true of us, isn’t it? In the beginning…in any beginning…in every beginning we have to reach that point in ourselves where our desire to act overcomes the inertia of remaining where we are. It is a critical point in anything and everything we undertake.
The wonderful thing is that a victory in any area of your living can be parlayed into any other area of your living. Whether you successfully took that first step on a snowboard or while standing behind podium in front of an audience, no one can take that victory away from you. And once you’ve succeeded – even if it seems to you to be an insignificant matter – you can use the internal momentum (the stuff of assurance!) to help you take the first step over and over again in every area of your living.
The first step may be a doozy, but the rest are typically much easier!