Just Start

If it weren’t for Nike, I probably would’ve titled this post “Just Do It.” But, you know, trademarks. Anyway, the reason for this is because Nike got it exactly right. Whatever it is you want to do in life – with regards to your health, academics, career, etc. – you just need to get up and do it. You just need to start.

If you feel like this is a simple concept, you’re absolutely right. In fact, it’s so simple that one might complain that it doesn’t take into account all the variable life throws at you. But despite whatever obstacles arise, there is no way to achieve your goals other than to start.

On some level or another, we all recognize this. It makes perfect sense logically. And it even goes along with that one Chinese proverb about the journey of a thousand miles always starting with the first step. Yet, far too often, people still don’t do anything. Out of fear for the inevitable challenges that come with working towards a goal, and often out of sheer laziness, they waste their time outside of work and school by watching hours of Netflix, playing video games, or partying. Then they wonder why they aren’t getting ahead. They wonder why they’re not able to achieve anything.

The thing is, you’ll never achieve anything if you never even start on the path to achieving it. And it doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a family feud, a financial crisis, or anything else, there’s no getting around that fact. Whatever the circumstances, and sometimes in spite of them, you just need to start.

After all, beyond a shadow of a doubt, every great person started somewhere. The key word being started.

Until next time.

– JP

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