There is a saying in eastern spiritual literature, that if you take a single step forward on the spiritual path, existence will take 10,000 steps towards you. Thats true in anything you do – not only divine grace.

When you are stuck and your mind is making up a hundred excuses – is this the right time, do you have anything else to do, lets watch a movie – just take the first step. Start reading that book, or put pen on to paper, or just start typing that mail. If you continue with the task long enough, you will find that your mind has settled into the groove. The first few minutes of hesitation and discomfort will drop away and you will take the task to completion.

The trick is to catch your mind in the first few seconds, stop and force yourself to take the first few steps. If after 10 minutes you do find that you are too tired or the words you are putting down on paper don’t make sense, or your hip is “acting up” while running – you can always stop. You always have that option.

The only option you should cut yourself off from is the option to not start at all. At the end of that road lies apathy, sloth and the strange sinking feeling when you realize the deadline to file your taxes was mid April.

Just remember, if its on your mind and needs to get done. Just start and see where it takes you – most cases, you end up in a better place.

Thankfully, out here in Australia, tax filing deadline is the end of October, so off I go now – to file my taxes.


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Justin- AlittleBette October 19, 2009 at 11:16 am

Thats an interesting quote. Is there a certain branch of eastern religion that uses it? Your absolutely right on starting. That is why I advocate passionate trial and error as it means taking action while leaving room to improve.

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Krishna October 26, 2009 at 10:44 am

@Justin,

Wow, "Passionate trial and error", that just captures the approach perfectly :-)! Be passionate and intense towards the goal but flexible in your approach…

About the quote, its a saying popular among those on the spiritual path. Loosely translated to "divine grace.

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Madeleine Kolb October 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

Krisha, yopu're so right. Getting started is so important, and the strange thing is that it makes one feel so much better. Your tax example was a good one. I always put it off, but when I finally sit down to do my taxes, I feel strangely reliefed. It's never as hard in reality as it is in my imagination. And it's the same with other things I put off. Maybe we need to be reminded from time to time to just get started and your mind will get in the groove. Thank you.

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Krishna October 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

@madeleine, So true, Madeleine, its never as hard in reality as its in our imagination :-). The trick is to get started and for that, I sometimes just need to trick myself. Oh how I wish I had the will to just grit my teeth and get started dammit :-).

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Sara October 20, 2009 at 7:47 am

True krishna..all we need to do to complete a work is to make a start and then proceed further, unravel the chaos as we proceed and complete the work. Well begun is half done, so all it takes to do the task is to begin it. Everything lies in the "mind" of a person, it is a very good post, just all of us have to make a start.

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Krishna October 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

@sara, thanks for that. Yup, once I start, usually I get absorbed in the task. Great to hear this works for you too…

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Belinda Munoz October 24, 2009 at 4:41 am

Krishna, so true. As Aristotle says, "Well begun is half done." Too often we're afraid to begin something because we're unsure about the best approach, or we're afraid or we're lazy. But if we just take that first step, however small, then off we go.

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Krishna October 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

@Belinda, thanks for that. And yes, well begun is certainly half done!

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Walter October 25, 2009 at 5:52 am

We human are very funny and strange creatures. In our effort to get something done, we are stuck with what to do, instead of doing it. 🙂

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Krishna October 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

:-).

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