The Biggest Step in Your Journey

August 23, 2010 by  
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We welcome Stephanie Crawford as our guest again this week. More about Stephanie below.

University Halo by Jeff Pang

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s a six letter simple word which rolls off the tongue so easily but often the practice of taking action can be incredibly difficult. It’s the actual doing as opposed to the saying or intention to take action that many of us find so challenging.

Reflecting upon my own personal experiences I recall occasions throughout my life where I have acknowledged the need to take action. I’ve realised I need to take action to make positive change. The actual doing, the actual taking action I compare to preparing for and participating in a triathlon. It can be tough, really tough, both mentally and physically. But the sense of satisfaction and personal achievement is almost impossible to describe. It’s exhilarating.

Often to move forward in many facets of life we need to take action, we need to make a change. Often it’s the mere thought of the contest of taking action which terrifies and polarizes us. The thought of climbing Mount Everest to take action seems impossible.

I’ve found and experienced great comfort and personal success in breaking large challenges and change down into little steps. For me it’s been the little steps which have assisted and supported me in moving forward. In many respects I see much of my adult life as an opportunity to move forward and to grow.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

~William James

I see many opportunities to take action. There is much I am passionate about. From politics, to the rights of children, to poverty, to social injustice, I’m a very passionate person, I feel the need to share my thoughts and opinions. I want to contribute in a hands on way to positive change. My nature is to stand up and to take action, to contribute to building a ‘better’ future.

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

~Howard Zinn

I’m a big believer in the idea that many hands make light work. And in the idea that together as a collective group we can achieve positive change. Our family recently began sponsoring a young boy in Brazil through the work of World Vision Australia. The thought that every day over 10,000 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases, commonly caused by lack of food, clean water and sanitation encouraged us to sponsor a child. I want to teach my children that many children live in some of the poorest communities in the world, where clean drinking water and access to healthcare is limited.

I want my children to learn and to grow from sponsoring a child and to one day understand they contributed to taking action, to improving the life of child far less fortunate than them.

Almost daily we hear the plight of climate change debated in the media. Many across the community are passionate about climate change and understand the debate very well. I’m still grasping the facts. I need to understand the facts, well, very well, to support a cause in terms of taking action.

How fortunate we are in Australia to live in a country and a society where we can take action against causes we feel passionate about. Being able to express opinion and take action is a freedom not to be taken for granted.

Have you internalised thoughts of wanting to take action? Sometimes it’s the actual starting, the first step which is the most challenging and difficult to take. Sometimes it’s acknowledging the need to take action that is the biggest challenge.

I don’t relax easily. I’m a dreamer with visions. With both my children now in primary school I encouraged myself to think about the areas in my life where I could take action. Areas in my life where I could make change. Change for me.

In 2010 I took action to focus on my writing. To develop my writing and to pursue my love of writing. It wasn’t a course of action I embarked upon easily. I reflected, I debated and I analysed the pros and cons at length. A career change in my late thirties seemed a little out of the box. But driven I was to pursue my love, my passion. To create the environment and space I am most comfortable in.

Taking action wasn’t easy for me. I started from scratch. With no formal writing qualifications beside my name, with no industry contacts. I have slowly taken the steps to establish myself as a freelance writer. Taking action to pursue my passion has been a great journey. I’ve connected and met so many like-minded kindred spirits. I feel supported and encouraged. I know I have made the right choice. For me the biggest challenge in my journey was the decision to finally take action and to run with it.

You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

~Arthur Ashe

Photo Source: University Halo by Jeffrey Pang

ABOUT OUR GUEST WRITER

Stephanie CrawfordStephanie Crawford is a born and bred Melbourne girl, enjoying life in her thirties. She is a mum to two gorgeous boys.

She is back at University studying part time through Open Universities Australia. She is focused on completing a second degree, a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). Stephanie is finding there is plenty to learn about distance education and online learning.

She is excited to be pursuing her lifelong dream. Her motivation and goal are a career as a freelance writer. She loves to share her opinions and has a passion for writing. She is actively seeking writing opportunities to further develop and strengthen her skills. She wishes she had more time to experiment in the kitchen and more time to harvest her own vegetable garden.

You’ll find Stephanie at her blog, Write to Tell, and on Twitter.

Comments

4 Responses to “The Biggest Step in Your Journey”
  1. Welcome Stephanie!
    Whereabouts in melbourne are you? Feel free to email me offline if you’d rather

  2. Thank you for the welcome Chris! Shall be in touch.