Start Where You Are, Not Where You Want to Be


Me in Yosemite 2012.


If your desire is not in line with the action you take, you will most likely not reach your desired result. You must learn to start where you are, not where you want to be.

It is a misconception that taking action is the key to success. Even when those who are successful talk about why there are, they immediately talk about what they did. This is especially true when they are interviewed…What did you do? How did you get here? What steps did you take?

Yet, here’s the thing…if you’re not ready to take those steps, take action as they did, it won’t matter. You’re simply not at that point.

Take, for example, you want to enjoy the view from a giant redwood and you decide you want to climb it. You desire is to be at the top. And to do so, you need to grab that branch which is 300ft up. Without taking that action, you won’t see the view. But, is that the right action? Are you ready to take that action, to grab that branch? No. So, that is not the right action for where you are. Your desire does not match that action step.

The action that matches your desire, begins with grabbing the branch closest to you and then repeating that process.

You hear a lot of good intended advice to take action…take massive action…just make sure it’s taken from where you are, not where you want to be.


Yosemite Falls (Photo by Ryan Naylor)
SAM_0286 (1)
Half Dome (Photo by Ryan Naylor)
El Capitan (Photo by Ryan Naylor)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s