Three hundred and thirty days ago today, I just started a daily exercise plan. By just starting that first day, I have met my fitness goal each and every day since (as measured on my IWatch). Preparation was minimal, the benefits and improvements have only come from the daily actions and applying what I have learned along the way.
Pogo once wrote, “I have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” Most of what holds us up from starting something new is the resistance in our heads. We hesitate and hold back when we don’t know for certain what the outcome will be. We prepare and prepare and then the enemy get’s to us. Another failure to launch.
Having a plan to prepare is critical, but it remains to be just a plan until actions are taken to reflect the reasoned choices that were planned. The actions will prove or disprove the theory of the plan and we move on. But we must first start.
What is stopping us? Resistance. The resistance is us.
Just start today, whether it be to begin an exercise routine, a new initiative at work, an investment opportunity or maybe just a new hobby. You’ve probably planned enough to begin. You can learn your way through it.
Really, what could be lost if you simply start and learn something today from your actions.
“Don’t prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready.” — Steven Pressfield —