Start At The Beginning!


This Is Where The Thousand Mile Journey Starts!

“Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.” –
Publilius Syrus

There’s a bible verse that says something quite similar to today’s insight, it’s one I haven’t heard quoted many times, but as soon as I read it I loved the truth it contained. It says ” Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10 – New Living Translation).”

Zechariah spoke these words after the return of the Jewish nation from its Babylonian exile as the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem began. Many people were laughing that after a seventy year gap there was any point in laying new foundations. What was the likelihood of such a large project being successful and yet this prophecy tells us that the one who has started the work (Zerubbabel) would complete it.

There are other sayings within our culture that make a similar point! One is “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!” Another is “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!”

You have to start somewhere; the best place is the beginning! If you have a lifetime or any other goal in mind, first you need to break it down into milestones or mini-goals and then decide what are the action steps you need to take and in what order.

If you want to climb the ladder of your success, all you need to do is put your foot on the bottom rung. Take that first step then you have inertia, take the second and you’ll have momentum!