What you will learn from this article:-
    • What is the first step towards success?
    • What is taking the first step?
    • How does taking the first step help one succeed?
    • Why taking the first step is very important?
    • Relevancy of ‘First Step’ towards success.
    • How taking the ‘first step’ makes a difference.
    • Why taking the first step becomes the hardest task.
    • How to take the first step easily.

What is the hardest thing to do in one’s life personally? It is natural for everyone’s answer to be different from different perspectives. Think very calmly that the most complex task for each of us is to take the ‘first step’. Every circumstance in life, from learning to ride a bicycle for the first time, to entering the world of earning, even to the events of the first love affair, if you ask the question, you will see how reasonable the answer is. Taking the first step in each case is a big challenge and success followed it whenever you take it. Our lives are made up of many small successes like this and the most important role for each success is the decision of taking the first step. 

The ‘first step’ can create a huge difference between ordinary people and ultimate success. A great start can bring a gold medal, fill with honor, and the mistake of the first step can fill with despair. Every Olympic swimmer, runner, or other competitor knows its immense importance. Defeat is certain if there is no precise balance of goals and actions. It is impossible to reach the top of the Himalayas lying in bed, for which it is necessary to take certain steps and proper actions.
Why taking the first step becomes the hardest task:-
Just as we can’t get out of the house through a closed door, keeping the door of the mind closed and thinking about fulfilling the dream of success is like building a castle in the air. To take the first step by opening the door of the mind, you don’t need anything huge, you need a mindset. But the fear of everything else we can not open the door of the mind. Why is that?
  • Firstly, we do not set a specific goal, and even if we do set a goal, at the beginning of the journey we constantly think about the obstacles along the way, that is, the negative aspects. As a result, unknown fears are transmitted to our brain, and the black cloud of negative thoughts continues to consume dreams. Our legs tremble to take the first step. The logicians will say that it is foolish to go without thinking.  I will ask them, after thinking about everything, how much success they have had and how successful they have been without any obstacles. 
  • Secondly, Alibis:- Whenever our minds are filled with bad thoughts, we are always looking for excuses to procrastinate. Once you start making excuses, thousands of excuses come out, today is not a good day, there is no suitable environment, lack of enough money, today the weather is not good etcetera. Most common and big excuses are ‘situation is not perfect, other people are not supporting or agree with me and my skills are not enough.’ I would like to know if the situation is right if the parents, family, and acquaintances support, and if have the right skills then success is achieved!  Or if successful, everything will change, and skills will be developed in the journey of success!
  • Thirdly, Trying to find options:- Almost all of us are very comfortable, we become lazy when we want to do something new. The image of the Comfort Zone in our subconscious mind floats before our eyes. We’ve already put terrible consequences of moving forward on the mental screen with the negative thought, the image pops up in front of us every time we take a step and signals us not to move from our comfort zone. That’s when we start looking for options, easy options, easy ways, it may not be the direction to meet our goals. Getting a job in a primary school after studying engineering is not a success, it is just like an airplane flying to Singapore but reaching Honolulu, though you will get water, soil, air, and food in both the places.
How to take the first step easily:- In the previous discussion it must have been understood that most of the distractions are created by anxiety on our mental screen, so if you can overcome that obstacle then you can easily take the first step. If you have set specific goals then following the steps will help you a lot to take the first step.
  • Think what you are going to achieve:- Imagine that you have reached your goal, try to feel that joy, that happiness, visualize how your environment is changing, how your behavior, your values, and your identity have changed. What compliments people are giving, what great purposes you are serving, how much your respect has increased, and how many people love you. This method will build your neurological alignment which will not only eliminate your negative internal representation but also will increase your focus, will be inspired from within, will increase your persistence, will eliminate inner conflict, and increase self-confidence
  • Do not wait for the environmental conditions to be favorable:- Environmental conditions are not conducive and are to be taken.  Obstacles or failures are not a problem, they help you to become best-self, to grow up if you evaluate them properly. Talk to yourself, love yourself, and you will see the light of your heart shine, this light will illuminate the environment. 
  • Don’t expect support from others:- Get yourself out of the idea that someone will support you then you will take the first step. Start the journey, if you keep going a little bit, if you get success, you will see that many people have become your supporters. No one supports the unsuccessful person from the heart. The ‘extended hand’ is an excuse for those who do not have a definite plan to move forward in life. Lazy, low-spirited people explain to others what is the reason for not doing and seek support. 


Have enough confidence in yourself, and rely on your knowledge and skills. How you can use your intellect and knowledge is important, not how much you have. Find your strengths and use them properly then success will come. Develop your attitude. Relying on others will increase your setbacks, if you want to move forward, you should not hold back. No one will let you win, you have to develop the habit of winning. 


Santanu Ghosh

Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Relationship Counselor

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