Whatever it is that you want to do – just begin. Don’t think about doing the whole thing, because you don’t have to do the whole thing… You only need to take the first step.
Most people don’t start because they’re thinking about the whole thing. It’s too big. There are too many obstacles. They don’t know how they’ll do it all.
The thought of the whole project is overwhelming and paralyzing. It’s easier to put it off…
“I’ll start it later when I have time. When I finish this and that. When the kids are gone. When I’m retired. When life isn’t so hectic.”
Life is always hectic. It’s busy. It’s a whirlwind. But we decide what we do with each moment. So just start. Just begin.
You want to exercise but you don’t have time? Just do 10 minutes a day, every day. Just start. Don’t worry about running marathons, just do 10 minutes today. Then tomorrow, do 10 minutes more.
Do you want to write a book? No one can write an entire book. But anyone can start. Just write for 10 minutes, that’s all. Easy, right? Look at the clock. An hour has passed and you’re still writing.
Challenge is good. Little challenges. Lots of them. Just begin. Don’t climb Everest, climb the jungle gym. You can do that. Tomorrow climb the hill behind your house. Lots of little challenges add up.
Do you want to learn to play the piano? Just begin. Imagine if you had started when you were a kid and played 10 minutes every day. By now you would impress almost anyone. Now imagine you start today – in 5 years, who knows? You might be entertaining your family and friends during the holidays, but not if you don’t begin.
You want to start a business. Ooooh, scary. So many things you’ll have to learn. Better to wait, right? No. Just begin. Just start.
Everything conspires to keep you from beginning. But there is power and magic in taking that first step, because it’s the first step that leads to the second, and the second to the third.
If you never begin, you will have only regret. By starting, you can create your own future.
All you need to do is begin.