The Simplest Path to Massive Change (#52)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Articles | Comments Off on The Simplest Path to Massive Change (#52)

Let’s get straight to the point: the easiest way to move forward is to consistently take steps toward what you want. You’ve heard it all before:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Lao Tzu

Even if it seems imperfect, consistently taking inspired action is the simplest way to make massive changes in your life.

One of the things that may stop you though, is thinking about all of the steps that need to take place before an outcome can be realized. This can throw you into overwhelm and inaction, either because it seems like too much, or because you aren’t clear on all of the steps that will be needed. The nice thing is, you don’t need to know all of the details to get going.

Continue reading as I describe how a kayak ride revealed the adventure, fun and ease that resulted from only sensing the very next move.

Kayaking is one of the most peaceful activities available. There’s just something about being out on calm water and gazing at the trees on the shoreline that brings you into stillness. And although seeing a beautiful view adds to the impact, one of my most memorable rides was in dense fog.

It was very early in the morning, just around dawn. Looking out the cottage window, I wasn’t sure how a kayak ride would go given the lack of visibility but figured it may be a great experience. So I went down to the boathouse, noticing the absolute silence on the bay.

As I began the ride, the fog was so thick that I could only see as far as the front of the boat. Although a part of me wanted to see where I was heading, soon I got the hang of trusting that each move I made was safe. There was a sense of adventure and exhilaration that was present, which I didn’t experience on clear days. With each dip of the paddle, I soaked in the tranquility around me, became more aware of how my energy was connected to the world outside and built confidence in my ability to sense the next move. Before long I got into a rhythm that felt easy and natural. As the fog gradually lifted, I was amazed at how far I had come in such a short time; it had all seemed magical.

I often relive that ride just by closing my eyes, and each time I replay the emotional feelings as if I were watching a movie…starting from a sense of adventure all the way to peace.

The next time you’re confused about what to do and feel stuck, remember that you only need to sense the next step.


Until next time,

Live Deeply, TM