I was first introduced to Richard Stine's simple black and white line drawings at a Westwood art faire while attending graduate school at UCLA.
Over the next year, every time I found myself stalled and frustrated after starting a school or work project one of his images, 'Dog face to face with the second step', kept popping into my head.
I could clearly see that silly, flat-faced, wire-haired black dog with his eyes glued to, and staring at, the second step of the stairs. I was that dog. And it was exactly how I felt--face to face, not with the first step, but the second. When I looked closely, I could clearly see the second step was in fact larger than the first.
I began to see how life was going to progress. Just as I was congratulating myself for finally getting the latest project off to a good start, I had to look out for that big second step stopping me in my tracks.
But the light began to dawn and I came to see the second step in a positive light.
WOOF! Be the Dog ~ Paws and Assess
What have YOU been working on that has you suddenly face to face with the second step? What dream or vision have you been working on that suddenly feels stalled? How long have you felt that churning and simmering in your head, pulling you towards taking the next step? What's stopping YOU? If you were to turn that ending into a beginning, what would you do next?
What's Got You Stalled?
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of failure
- Fear of public failure
- Too busy at work
- Don't know where to start.
- No money.
- Work exhausts me and uses up my creative energy.
- I focus on helping other people, and then am too tired to help myself.
- I don't believe I deserve to achieve my dream.
Three Steps to Get Past the Second Step--Again and Again
- Make Yourself #1. Give yourself the first part of the day. Get up 1 hour earlier to devote yourself to your dream. Don't let yourself be distracted.
- Choose. Choose the one thing to focus on NOW.
- Act today. Put your thoughts on paper, and convert those thoughts to do-able actions. Choose to act on one step today.
Old Chinese Proverb
Do you need help moving past the second step?
If you'd like to see Stine's 'Face to Face with the Second Step'
(newer colored version) click on link below.