The Hardest Part is the Start


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A body at rest stays at rest and a body in motion stays in motion. This is one of Newton’s three laws of physics. Successful people are in perpetual motion. They are, every day, devoting their time to productive pursuits. These productive pursuits are centered around their dreams and their goals. They do things every day that move them closer to realizing their dreams and achieving their goals.

But it’s not easy. It’s not easy because realizing your dreams and achieving your goals requires that you take action. The hardest part about taking action is starting. Getting started is the hardest part of the pursuit of success because the action or actions you need to take often seem daunting. It’s like staring at a mountain that you are about to climb. All you see is the long, hard climb. When you visualize taking action this way, as if you have to climb a mountain, it’s much harder to take action.

So how do you get motivated to take action? Answer: start small. Instead of looking at the 10,000 steps you need to take to climb up the mountain, look only at the first step. To put this in context, just agree to spend 15 minutes in getting started and focus just on devoting 15 minutes each day to taking action on your dreams and goals. Psychologically, this shifts your thinking from the mountain of activity you must take, to small daily actions. Once you get started you will find yourself devoting, on some days, much more than 15 minutes to your daily actions. When you commit to small steps, it’s much easier to get started. The brain does not fight you when the action you need to take is small. So, start small and you will soon find yourself at the top of the mountain staring down.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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