Start From Where You Are

Start“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” 

~ Chinese Proverb

I talk to many people about their dreams. I discuss where they want to be in their lives. I ask a lot of questions, and sometimes the answers surprise me.

One of my favorite questions is, “What does your ideal life look like?” Many people have given some thought to this and they can tell you, often in very vivid detail, exactly what they picture that ideal life to be. It is heartwarming to see the enthusiasm and passion they reveal as they talk about it.

My next question often causes them to stumble around a bit. Often they become embarrassed. They don’t really know how to answer. “What are you doing today to move closer to that ideal life?”

This is where the “excuses” begin. Although I am not challenging people on what they are doing, it becomes quite obvious that people move into a defensive position. I get answers like, “Well, I don’t have the time right now,” or, “I don’t have the money to get what I need to start,” or, “I’m just not ready to take the big step,” or my absolute favorite, “I don’t know where to start.” These answers make me sad.

No matter who you are, no matter what your situation, no matter what resources you have (or haven’t) at your disposal, you are where you are. There is only one place to start from, and that is where you are – no matter where that is. You will always be where you are.

The best way to get on your way to your dream…to your ideal life…is to start. That’s right, just start. Sure, you don’t know the whole path. Of course you don’t know all of the steps that you will need to take, but if you don’t start, you will never be any closer to your dream life.

You may feel that you don’t have the resources to start…but that, in itself, is a huge clue to you. You need to find a way to attract those resources to you. This is one of the first steps. Your action may not seem directly related to your destination, but it is a step on the path. AND realize that you don’t need all of the resources that you will need to achieve that ideal life – not all at once. You need only attract enough resources to take that next step. This is one of the most common stumbling blocks to most people, they see the vast amount of resources they will need to complete their vision, and they don’t feel they can start until they have ALL of the resources at hand. It’s daunting, and they will never start.

This is the second best time for you to start on your way to your ideal life (the best time being when you first had the vision of your ideal life.) You are in the best place to start – the only place you can start from. You have a passion for your ideal…that is why you can describe it so vividly to me. Follow that passion…create the ideal. Start now…and start from where you are – with what you’ve got.

I encourage you to start. Take some action today that will move you even a tiny step closer to your dream. Start from where you are. You will be moving toward a more fulfilling life, one step at a time.

Are you willing to start from where you are? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about how you feel on this subject. I, for one, am interested, as I am sure the community is. We’re listening.





Start From Where You Are — 2 Comments

  1. Great post, it is so true. Start small, do what you can, and start now. If one waits for everything to be perfectly in place, one will probably never start. One figures out what they need, and where they are going, as they move forward. You might enjoy my current post – in many ways it is an example of this idea.

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