Just One…

  • Just One

Just One…

This blog post is about taking just one…just one step forward…just one bite…just one look…just one.  There are so many people complaining of overwhelm.  Too much to do, too much to think about, too much, too much, too much.  And what does all of this “too much” lead to?  A whole lotta shutdown!  Giving up, saying “to Hell with it!”, and a variety of avoidance behaviors like drinking too much, sleeping too much, eating too much, being irritable, road rage…and the list goes on and on.

So I’m here to give everyone permission (yep! I’m claiming the power to do so.) to only take on one piece.  However small.  Just an amount you truly can face.  It does not matter in the least what anyone else thinks about our small step.  It doesn’t even matter what we think about our small step!  Just take the step anyway.

When we take too big a bite, we choke.  When we take too big a step, we are off-balance and fall over.  When we tackle too big a project, we get overwhelmed and oftentimes quit or, worse yet, don’t even start.  So just take one bite, one step, one something.

Why am I suggesting this?  Because all manner of great things have been accomplished merely by taking a step.  Just start.  Just take the next best step.  Don’t worry about the step that comes after that.  Stay in the moment and focus just on one step.  Because, in taking that one step, a whole new view of the path can open up and the next step will become clearer to see and easier to take.  Feel the peace that comes with that thought…”just one step and I will have a clearer picture of my path”.

Know that you possess all that you need to be moving along your path with confidence.  It is within you.  Take a moment to connect with that wise part of you that will help you along your life’s path.  The wisdom is there; the power is there; the confidence is there.  Just take one step…just one.



About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.


  1. Patricia Young March 20, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Awesome post Bonnie!! so inspiring! it’s true, sometimes we try to do too much and we end up procrastinating or abandoning what we want to do. A simple baby step can unfold a whole new world of possibilities. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Tina Games March 20, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    I love this blog post, Bonnie – I feel lighter just reading it! 🙂 ~ One small step – ah…..the tranquility it brings – and it’s easy enough to do. ~ I’m pondering the many projects on my “to do” list – and I’m zooming in on one for right now. And within that one, I’m going to take one small step. ~ Thank you for this gentle nudge forward!

  3. Teena March 20, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    OH Bonnie – I love this post because it gives me permission to be really celebrate all the smalls steps I take everyday not just the occasionally leap that puts me very far out of my comfort zone. I love the idea of being very present with the small steps and that they are just as important and powerful as the leaps into overwhelm. Thank you!


  4. Pam Kachelmeier MA, PC, LC March 22, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Awesome post Bonnie, I saw my self in this, trying to do too much and then piling on more. We human beings are funny, I don’t think there is one animal that does this, they know how to take their steps and take such good care of themselves, especially the wild. Great reminder to give ourselves permission to take the one step, etc. which is more productive than we think!

  5. Kailean Welsh March 22, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I love this post also. It’s so easy to get caught in the stress of “so much to do.” And yet the only way through it is by taking one step at a time. And I’ve seen in my own experience that sometimes when we take the first step or two, the next steps become clear. Gotta break it down, and keep at it if it’s important.

  6. Christine March 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Great reminder Bonnie to move forward a little at a time and you’ll eventually get where you are headed.

  7. Gail September 24, 2015 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Thanks Bonnie! I needed this today!

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