Take the First Step.


How many times have we said to ourselves:

“I’ll do this tomorrow.”


“Now is not the time, I’ll get it done when I’m ready.”

In my late teens and early twenties dialogues like this used to run rampant through my mind.  I’d be bothered by plans, circumstances and what if’s. Then something happened.  Life grabbed my by the shirt collars and shook me violently.  I was running on a soccer field and made a sharp pivot when my right achilles tendon snapped; it sounded like a gun shot that was heard from the other side of the field.  As I writhed in agony grasping at my foot, not knowing what was going on, the world went silent.  For some reason the only thing I could think about was all of the anger I was holding in from being in a job that I hated, a relationship that I knew wouldn’t work, and a life of reactivity.  The pain turned from agony to something liberating.

This incident albeit less intense than what some people have experienced actually changed my life; the best thing about rehabilitation is that we are forced to slow things down and think about things one step at a time.  I ended up heading to France for two and a half weeks to relax for a while but also to challenge myself during the rehabilitation.  I was forced to walk everywhere in order to experience France in all it’s glory.  I came back with a renewed sense of life, and the feeling that I wanted to take charge of my life.  I ended up quitting my job, ending my relationship and making small incremental changes in my life leading me to where I am today.  I’m certainly not at my goals yet but I choose to work at making changes in my life.

Far too often we become overwhelmed with thoughts about the future, our decisions become clouded and we begin to postpone opportunities and decisions instead of breaking things down into more bite sized pieces.  All we really need to do is make small decisions every day which eventually amount to a significant change.  When we choose to take these small steps we will truly live Elanor Roosevelt’s words:


What choice will you make today?

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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