Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Life often throws challenges at us, challenges that not just test our perseverance and determination, but also our faith. This may not necessarily be faith in God or any religion, but in oneself and one’s goals. This is especially true when the road ahead gets clouded by our own doubts and we are no longer sure if we are headed in the right direction.
When the going gets tough and nothing goes our way, we begin to doubt our own ambitions and abilities. We start wondering if the endeavor we undertook was even a reasonable one, or worse, if we have what it takes to go all the way. As the way forward gets hazy, we feel less motivated to act.
However, the key here is to not look too far ahead. As long as you can see the next step, you do not need to worry about where the rest of the staircase leads to. It is all about taking one step at a time and having faith in the fact that the rest of the staircase is still there. This is, of course, easier said than done. In times of doubt, finding the courage to take every step is a task in itself. Everything feels so new and challenging, and every step you take feels like the first one. Progress is often slow in such instances. But as long as you have that faith and keep climbing up the ladder, you are bound to reach your goals.
You see, when we have faith in ourselves and our journey, the universe conspires to make things happen for us. The contrary is true as well, for when we are hesitant to make the leap, things get more complicated than they need to be. It is therefore important for us to not lose sight of our target and keep believing in the process.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American activist. One of the most notable figures in the civil rights movement, King once remarked: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”