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Taking the First Step

Updated: May 13, 2021

How Choice or Action Provokes the Fool

Taking the first step is an act of courage. This is especially true when it is something you have not done before. Why, then, do we often feel foolish? Especially when taking action often leads to empowerment.

One interesting pattern I’ve noticed is that we often experience a great deal of fear (usually fear of foolishness and/or failure) around the project, or risk, or love that calls us most strongly. -Shannon Thompson, "Be Foolish Brave Citizen" Blog

Feeling foolish or thinking so is actually rooted in neuropsychology. Instead of welcoming discovery, which occurs naturally when we act or try new things, insecurity takes hold and we focus only upon the worst-case scenario, the outcome. Fear, designed to keep us in our comfort zone, runs amok regarding our perceived future. We resist taking the tiniest first step or even recognizing steps to find out what might happen. When we bypass the present and the process by envisioning only the perceived future, relationships are stilted, feelings dismissed, goals never met, adventure unrealized, creativity stifled, greatness thwarted, love unrequited and risk avoided. Nothing ventured. Nothing gained. We remain safe, comfortable, and unremarkable.

Taking chances are where extraordinary things happen. That is where growth and change thrive, where new knowledge and skills arise, where possibilities expand. In risking foolishness, champions erupt and legends emerge. Discomfort builds evidence of progress and transformation.

Life coaching is just such a first step where mind-blowing discovery and astounding, sustainable change can happen. So embrace your inner fool and take your first step toward your own greatness.



The Fool is numbered 0 in the Major Arcana, which represents the number of infinite potentials. The Major Arcana is often considered the Fool’s journey through life.

Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring,"Riddle of the Strider"

Though themed Tarot decks may artistically interpret the Fool in a variety of ways, most images derive from the traditional Rider-Waite imagery. The card illustrates a person appearing to walk off the edge of a cliff with no regard to the outcome. Setting off on a new adventure into unknown territory, the individual appears unconcerned about the consequence of this action. Over the figure's shoulder is a small bag representing the minimal need for material items on this journey. The white rose in the left hand represents purity and innocence, while near the feet is a small dog, representing loyalty and protection on the adventure. Behind the Fool is a ridge of mountains symbolic of challenges to face or overcome. Always omnipresent, the Fool does not care about those at this moment, simply the joy of starting this expedition.

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