Start Already!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

The hardest part of every blog post is the sentence that I just finished. Ideas for posts are easy to come by, all I have to do is walk around the block and I’ll see something that (I think anyway) is blog-worthy. Starting the writing process, as any 10th grade English student will tell you, is the hard part.

The bigger the project, the harder it is to start. Maybe it’s because the goal seems such a remote possibility, or the payoff for starting is too far away. Maybe we think we have to understand every step along the path before we take the first one. Either way, we come up with excuses and distractions. We set goals for some magical date in the future.

Make today your New Year’s Day. Make today your “after the holidays”. Make today your “it’s 3-months until my high school reunion” wake-up call.

You don’t have to understand every step in your journey before you take the first one. I assure you, the look and feel of this blog is not to my liking. I want it to be more and better. I want more pictures. I want better links and better flow. I want more engagement. I don’t know how to make any of that happen, yet, but the lack of knowledge didn’t stop me from starting.

What are you waiting to start today? Start already.

Do you want to lose 10 pounds before the holidays? Don’t say that you’ll start after Labor Day. Start with a 10-minute walk today. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the parking lot and walk a few extra steps to the office or to Wal-Mart. Congratulations! You just started your weight loss program*.

Have you wanted to start a budget, but can’t ever get your paycheck and your bill due dates to match up? Don’t worry about a monthly budget. Start with a daily budget. Start by deciding that you have $1.00 in your wallet and zero dollars budgeted for vending machine garbage today. Congratulations! You just took the first step to living on a budget.

Come on, be strong and courageous! Start already.

*You should consult with your physician before beginning any exercise or weight loss program.

3 thoughts on “Start Already!”

  1. I really like this sentence. “Maybe we think we have to understand every step along the path before we take the first one. “. That is how I feel about everything, which is hugely detrimental to growth!

    1. In his book Start, Jon Acuff discusses this in the Learning and Editing stages. Some things that you decide to try aren’t going to be things that you decide to master – and that’s okay! I’ve got a set of dusty golf clubs in my garage that stand as an example of something that I started and then edited out of my life. Thanks for the comment

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