The Next Step

April 1, 2007

Wherever you’re going, whatever your dreams, the next step you take will be from this place.

You cannot take that next step unless you know where you are right now.

To risk without knowing the ground you stand upon is to leap into the darkness.

The next step is not going to be all that different from the steps you took to get to this place.

Know this place. Know how you got here, your motivations, the truth about your shortcomings, the limitations that held you back.

Know the ground on which you stand, without illusion, pretense, or self-deception.

We all want to believe we are better off than we are, but at the time when we risk and have to look into the depth of the chasm we’re trying to span, our weaknesses display themselves and deflate our resolve.

So know where you are. Accept your condition for what it is. Take responsibility for getting here and staying as long as you have.

If you’ve been stuck, admit your fear and lack of courage. Don’t blame others. Don’t condemn the world.

The place where you stand is the consequence of your determination. If you find your achievements lacking, look to yourself, not outside.

Perhaps you were not motivated. Perhaps you did not want what you claimed you needed. Perhaps you only fooled yourself.

If you understand how you got to this place, you will know the next step and how to take it.

Don’t fear the future, read the past.

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There is nothing beneath me; I am not afraid.

There is nothing above me; I still believe.

I know that wherever I land, it will be as me, moving forward.