Begin is an interesting word. When I hear it, I think of writing exams because the phrase “you may begin” was often spoken to grant us permission to turn over our papers and get started.
“You may begin” was an external permission just as the starter’s gun begins a race.
Sometimes we forget that we seldom need permission to begin. In most situations, we can simply decide and more importantly, DO.
We often celebrate beginnings. The first day of school. The first week of a new job. A wedding is often referred to as “The Beginning of Your Life Together.” (Although, I’d like to point out that is only true if you just met the day of your wedding).
Because of this, though, beginnings can become associated with a sense of BIGNESS and feel as if they require a lot of planning.
Often it works better to do the opposite. Don’t make a big deal about beginning something new; just quietly take action. Don’t over-think: just decide and then take some action (even something small).
This is the time of year when we often contemplate where we are versus where we thought we would be, and we make plans for what’s next.
There’s nothing wrong with that if you remember that everything begins with both a decision AND an action. For example, if you decide you are going to get in shape; instead of making plans to join a gym and then researching options online, perhaps go for a walk.
You may begin. Right now. Today.