The First Step is Always the Hardest


Written by Dr. Jami Wilder

Every journey begins with a first step. For most of us, that first step is the hardest. We get held up by the “what ifs.”

“What if I write this and no one reads it?”

“What if my writers fall through and don’t submit content?”

“What if I do it WRONG?”

The “what ifs” can be the biggest hurdle we face when moving toward the things we really want in life. They are also the things that I am pondering as I start on this blogging endeavor.

When we face a big hurdle or task in life, the prospect of tackling the “what ifs” can feel a bit like running a marathon. The task and all the hurdles in the way become daunting.That is why the first step is so important. One little step is a manageable task. Finding motivation to take a small step is easier than running the mountain. 

Our first step, I suppose, is introducing the purpose of this blog. What you are reading is the first post of the blog hosted by Wilder Therapy and Wellness. We are a mental health care practice in Rhode Island. (To learn more about our practice, visit The blog’s purpose is to provide information about creating a well-balanced life that includes emotional, psychological, interpersonal, physical and spiritual wellness. Our hope is to provide not only guidance from today’s emerging experts in the mental health care field; but to also include first-person accounts.

So that is the goal. And this post is the first step. We hope you will join us as we take many more.

Jami Wilder, Psy.D. is co-owner of Wilder Therapy and Wellness, located in Cranston, R.I. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at RWU’s Counseling Center.


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