Here we are – well into the new year. Actually, it’s mid-February already, but who’s counting? How’s it going so far? How are you doing on your intentions/resolutions/goals/plans/dreams for 2019? Maybe you are simply going with the flow and everything is as good, or even better, than you could imagine. You have energy, focus and determination. Perhaps you began the year with a bang, only to fizzle out on your best intentions because__(insert your reason here)__. Or possibly you’re a non-starter this year? (This is something people don’t often mention, but it’s real, believe me.)

I don’t know about you – but for me, some years I burst forth with an almost unstoppable energy to honor my intentions, goals, and dreams. Other years – even though my intentions are good, I somehow get stalled at the starting gate. For me, this year is one of the second kind. As I look at this more deeply – and if I’m honest, stop that procrastination/perfection tango that had me in its spell – there is a kind of freedom. So what if I didn’t burst forth on January 1st with that unstoppable energy? I can start today, if I choose, or tomorrow, or whenever I decide the time is right. The key is to just begin…

Why was this year a slow-starter for me? Without going into details, I was fuzzy on what I wanted to create this year. I had other important priorities that were essential for me to focus on. And fear. There was a bit of that in the mix as well. Now that the fog is finally lifting, I am beginning to see more clearly. And with that clarity I’m becoming more accepting of where I am right now. I’m recognizing that where I am is not where I want to be. To get there I just have to begin…

What does that mean exactly? What can I do to shift? Breathe, and stop berating myself for procrastinating. (Stop playing solitaire, and all the other time-sucking things like obsessively reading the political news when I’m in front of my laptop.) Write, and keep writing. Take a quick inventory of where I am and where I want to be. Make a list of what I want to let go of – people, practices, beliefs and things that are holding me back. Focus on what’s truly important – even if the particulars are still kind of fuzzy. It means I have to begin…

Sensing a theme here? It’s all about beginning. Starting wherever you are. One step, and then another. As Martin Luther King Jr. said so eloquently, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Somehow, this idea of one step and then another seems so much more achievable. 

Just one little step. I can begin, and so can you.