Reaching success is all about setting forth on the stairway to success, a journey Gary Moyer claims is “powerful stuff that will change your life… only if you start and you take the first step.” In asserting that you need to take the first step forward in order to change your life, Moyer is talking about taking the initiative in life. Taking the initiative is the key to life.
Moyer is talking about taking a risk, taking a risk and leaving behind the comfortable to discover what lies beyond your comfort zone. It is what is found in the unknown, found beyond the walls of the comfortable, that has the potential to revolutionize your life. But you’ve got to start, and today is a great day to start.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start if you’re going to be great.
Moyer draws attention to a famous line by Joe Sabah, saying “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Life will pass you by if you spend it thinking about tomorrow, thinking about who you want to be, thinking about what you want to be… unless you take action. Take action. Action is the key to life. Unless you take a step forward and begin to create change in your own life. Unless you make the decision to become the person you want to be, you will never grow into that person. Moyer’s question for everybody is “when are you going to start?” Today would be a great day to start.
In order to understand why Moyer is so adamant that we must begin to seek change in our lives today, begin to reach for what we want to do and who we want to be right now, we should hear about his life. When Moyer was living in Pennsylvania, he spent every morning and every evening of his life driving fifty miles from home to work at a factory on a production line for sometimes more than twelve hours before driving back home at night.
His factory job led Moyer to a comfortable life. He was “making good money, but it was a dirty environment with chemicals in the air. It was boring… the moral environment of where [Moyer] worked was really not the best.” In short, Moyer was just living to live. He wasn’t doing what he loved, or even what he enjoyed. He was working to pay the bills. Stuck in a cycle that he thought about breaking, but that he never stepped forward to break.
That was until his final drive home. Moyer had just finished a twelve hour shift – and fell asleep at the wheel. “All of the sudden, I wake up and all of the traffic on the Interstate is at a dead stop.” Moyer relives the moment that changed his life, talking about the sheer fear he felt – the certainty he felt for his imminent death as he barreled towards “the back end of an 18-wheeler” going 60 miles per hour. “In a split second, I see myself crumpled up under the back of that truck.” He thought he was going to die. That was it.