There is a void that exists in front of each of us. I call it the “inaction chasm”. It is that space that exists between the thought of what we should do and the first step of action. For some, this chasm is smaller than others, but leave no doubt, it exists for everyone.
Determining how to bridge this chasm and get ourselves from inaction to action is difficult. The idea of taking that leap, no matter how big or small, from inaction to action is scary. I have a whole arsenal at my disposal that holds me back. My main go-to’s are:
I get caught in the loop of research and planning routinely announce to myself, “Tomorrow I will put this into action.”
The problem is that tomorrow never comes. One day, the light bulb came on and shined its light into the dusty corners where I have hidden the truth from myself.
Truth: I am scared to start.
Scared to accomplish the goals I have spent so much time planning for and researching? Scared of what will happen if I don’t succeed? Scared what will happen if I do?
Simply, we all grow comfortable with the place we are sitting right now. As humans, our natural tendency is to make thing easier. This is a survival instinct. Gathering food from easier sources is smart when you are fighting every day to survive. Those days are past, however. We have to make the conscious effort to push our boundaries in order to keep growing otherwise we will stagnate and wither.
I certainly don’t have all the answers because this is indeed a great struggle of mine, however, here are steps I have taken to build that bridge:
The inaction chasm is transformable. The power to shrink the chasm is within each of us. The first step is always the hardest and the smaller the chasm is, the easier it is to take that first step. Focusing on making that first step easier will give you the power to keep moving.
CALL TO ACTION: Share in the comments actions you take to make the first step easier to take.