From my childhood I have heard this example that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Till that age it was just a theoretical step and was treated as such but recently I gave this theory a test, an experiment of a sort.
I have two problems with the statement that I needed to solve in order to mark the experiment as a success.
- How to define the First step in any endeavor?
- What about the Black hole after the first step?
On theoretical biases it is very easy to justify that take the first step but the practical version is difficult. How would I define the first step? Some of my teachers (including Books) have taught me that the first step to anything is “Just Showing Up”. To show up at the required place of work, If you are a writer, you show up at your desk, if you want to go to gym the first step in dressing up and showing up that the gym. I have applied this principle in almost everything I do but I’ve found it most useful in the personal stuff, like reading, going to gym, writing, gardening, attending lectures, and learning Arabic. But when the Business or the entrepreneurial side of things this principle wasn’t making a lot of sense.
Most of the times showing up and then planning what to do is not good for business, it makes it difficult for me and the people who are related to my business. So we can agree to this that before “Just showing up” we need to be pro-active and plan all the details and be willfully ready for a task. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We have to try to make a flawless plan about certain things on how we gather our information before the start of the project. We must see every little thing about the project that we can, before embarking on the journey, plan what needs to be done, what things are required, where are they available, how to get them. These all things come in being proactive. Time mastery is the essence of pro activeness.
Happy planning and Stay Blessed People