The first step is the hardest
Over a decade ago, at my first ever Anthony Robbins event, I did a fire walk.
I knew it was coming and I knew I had to do it (for me) but heck, it was the absolute scariest thing I have EVER done in my life! It was late Friday night, the first day of the weekend seminar Unleash the Power Within, and this was the first test of my unleashing.
I was one of 8000 participants crushing together to exit the building, out to the fire lanes. I seemed to be surrounded by tall strong young men, all facing the coming walk with loud bravdo. As I passed the toilets, it was all I could do to stop myself heading in there, throwing up and hiding.
I had truly never felt fear like this.
Then, suddenly I was outside into the cold dark London air lit simply by the glow of 20 some lanes of hot coals and before I knew it, it was my turn! GULP!
I remember to this day the mental effort it took to take the first step and place my bare foot onto the burning coals. “Get in state” shouted the trainer by my side. “Ready, GO”…
and off I went.
And let me tell you, the feeling of pure euphoria when I reached the wet grass at the other side was the best feeling I had ever felt! Yep – better than sex!
So believe me when I say that I fully get the saying ‘The first step is the hardest’ for it truly is. For everything you do, be it going on that first date, walking into a Crossfit box or starting your own business.
But here’s the thing…
Taking that step is a lot less scary than NOT taking it.
Because not taking it leaves you with a stagnant life of regrets and what ifs.
Imagine a baby who was too scared to take his first steps. Picture the limited life they would lead.
A life worth living is all about change, having new experiences, accepting new challenges. So learn to relish those first steps for they will lead you down paths you cannot now imagine.
PS: Coaching, like life, is all about CHANGE. That’s what makes it both so effective but also so so scary because once you commit to coaching you commit to change. There’s no going back, you have someone there who is holding you accountable to the promises you’ve made to yourself.
There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. But there is someone there to help and support you as you take your first steps.