One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Martin Luther King Jr. and reads, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” It’s a motto I try to live by and often spurs me in new directions…it’s even the signature line in my personal email as a constant reminder.
So often in life, in our relationships, in our business endeavors we are faced with the unknown: will this new line succeed? Will this date turn into a real relationship? Am I ready for kids? Should I dive into social media? Should I make a career change? The unknown is scary…we like to have a sense of where we’re going; there is comfort in knowing where the end lies.
This MLK quote reminds us that its ok not to know where the end lies, it’s ok to not be sure where we’re going.
What’s important is that we don’t let the unknown freeze us into stagnancy. What’s important is to take that first step. No matter how uncertain we are, no matter how scary it may be, taking the first step puts us on course. We’re one step closer to wherever we’re going.
We don’t always need to have a strict plan. Especially in today’s business environment it’s important to be agile and ready to pivot. As founder of BSL Concepts and Bite Size Learning, I’ve found this so important. In order to achieve my business goals I must move forward, I must take the first step. It doesn’t always succeed but at least I can tell myself I tried, I learned, I moved forward.
What will you do to move forward this MLK Day? What is your first step on the staircase?