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The 1,000-Mile Journey of Life Really Does Start with the First Step

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Chinese philosopher Laozi

When I was eliminated from the Biggest Loser, I started working out at home with a friend of mine who was a firefighter, JoEllen. The first night I met her at the gym she gave me a necklace that had this simple, yet powerful truth written on it. I continued to wear it and think about it throughout my journey.

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This saying runs through my mind every time I start a new adventure and question my abilities. However, it makes me wonder, how is this truth that was first voiced in BC time so relevant today? I feel like they must have been referring to the actual journey instead of the philosophical journey of life. Then I think there is NO way they could be referring to the physical journey because then it would not be relevant today.

Yet each and every time I show up for a new adventure it does not actually start until I take a step, be it a 5k, triathlon, or learning a new way to do something. As tough as each activity may seem, particularly in the beginning, they all have an end. This journey of a thousand miles is comparable to a lifetime. Whether it is BC or present day you must take that first step not simply to survive, but to thrive.

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This week on Live Big With Ali Vincent I’m climbing to the top of the Aon building, the second tallest building in Los Angeles. Trust me when I say I am grateful for each and every step. Only as I methodically repeated in my head this powerful truth do I muster the strength to make it to the top.

Tune in this week, Saturday at 5:30pm to see if my mom is up for the challenge and has the courage to take that first step, too!

Until next week-

Ali xo

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August 2nd, 2013

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