“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato
If you don’t start you can never finish.
Most people don’t start because they are afraid of looking foolish in front of others (at the gym, or speaking in front of others, or while running looking like a wheezy dork, whatevs). Yet the Fool is the precursor to the Master.
Easier to sit on the couch and say “I coulda” then to get up and put int the work and sacrifice and take the risks and say “I did”. Maybe that’s asking out your crush, or going back to school, or building that business, or writing that book.
Admission: sometimes when I’m really far into a long run and getting punchy I start singing the song from the Rudolph special. “Just put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking across the floor! Just put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking out the door!” 16 hours into an ultramarathon you start to lose your mind, but that reminds me of the little steps. And the first step is ALWAYS the hardest.
Delete that app that sucks your time.
Sign up for that 5km in a few months.
Sign up for the class.
Send the message.
Take the first step.