Morning Cup of Joe – A Single Step

I make it a habit to keep my mind fresh by constantly reading and constantly learning new things. If you want to grow old fast, there are two things you may want to consider; first, stop reading and second, stop learning. I am not prepared to do either one and neither should you. I read everything from creative messages and quotes from billboards on the highway to novels with several hundred pages; I do whatever it takes to keep my mind sharp. Besides, you never know when that message is being sent specifically for you.

While visiting family one weekend, I decided to stop at this consignment shop. Consignment shops always have some pretty neat gems and I am somewhat fascinated and genuinely excited about the potential finds. While rummaging through items I saw this poster with a quote on it. It’s funny because I had heard this quote before but it never had the impact it was about to have on me after I read it and I can bet you’ve heard it as well. The quote is from the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu and said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

What that simply means is your journey towards self-improvement and experiencing true success as defined specifically by you cannot begin unless and until you take the first step. In addition, you don’t know how many miles it may take to reach your destination but you will never know if you don’t take the first step. Your journey may be long or it may be short but it will never be a journey if you stand still. Don’t be afraid to take the first step.

There are things you want to do, things you dream about doing and things you’ve already done. The greatest difference between the three is simply with one you decided to take the first step. Once you decide to take the first step, God will direct your path.

To The Top!
Joe Paul


2 thoughts on “Morning Cup of Joe – A Single Step”

  1. This is so true for me and it is something I have always known but insignificant things get in the way like lazyness or fear of failing. It is fixable!! Thanks for that message Joe! Hey i’d like to start reading more, can you suggest some good books? I really like inspirational non-fiction books.

    1. Vanessa,
      Thank you for reading and making Morning Cup of Joe a part of your daily routine. The first book I recommend is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This is one of the first books I read and still has an impact on me today. It has helped me to change my mindset and how I see the world. Especially understanding that our thoughts have the immeasurable power to become things. I’ll be recommending more after you read this one! You are a winner because you are committed to your self-development.
      To The Top!
      Joe Paul

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