You have to start from where you are. That statement seems obvious, but I think that we waste a lot of time and energy trying to start changing our life without accounting for where we are.
This is an often neglected aspect of life change; we don’t start from where we are because we don’t accept where we are.
There is no sense this cartoon person receiving directions to somewhere unless they start from where she is right now.
We readily accept that in the physical world, don’t we? If we need directions to somewhere, those directions have to start from where we are. This is why Google Maps is my go-to; it gives me directions from my exact location. I can rely on the directions because I know they start from my ‘here’.
The same holds true if you are trying to change something in your life; you have to start from where YOU are right now in this moment. This is why generic self-help advice is often not useful; the starting point matters.
I struggle with this in a different way. I have no difficulty accepting where I am and starting from there; but once I start moving, I forget to keep accepting where I am at that moment in the journey.
As I mentioned in Where Are Your Feet, I have a tendency to plan far into the future and I get impatient with myself for not being farther along my planned path. I need to constantly bring myself back to where I am and move from that point.
Stop trying to start from somewhere other than where you are because that just leads to frustration.
Perform an honest appraisal, accept the information “I am here” and begin from that ‘here’.