It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.~Confucius
This quote works with trail running, activism, relationships and health. If we can just begin and then keep the action moving, results will follow. I don’t need to be able to run a 5k in 25 minutes to go running or have the solution to climate change to begin recycling. I just need to take the first step and then the second step and now I am in motion towards something. It is easier to change course if you are already moving and the landscape is more interesting.
If I want to improve my health, I need to begin – even with a small action like monitoring my calorie intake or walking two flights of stairs or having a checkup and listening to the doctor. Id I want to change something in my world, it isn’t likely going to happen from my couch. I need to be in the world taking some action (even the smallest action). If I want to improve my relationships I need to reach out. If I am going to run 9.2k trails in the mountains I need to run the first 5k on flat or the first .5k or around the block.
Small steps, small steps small steps, big step. Overnight success often takes years.