Starting is the Hardest Part


image“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” — Napoleon Hill

As I figure out how to finally get serious about a few things, I remind myself that starting is the hardest part.

But more importantly, I need to remind myself how to start.

The way to start is to just get started, and do something for a little bit.

If I need to workout, then the key is to go to the gym for a little bit.

If I need to write, then I need to sit down and write for just a little bit.

If I need to practice something, then I just need to practice for a little bit.

Because once I start, I’m over the hump and I quickly get lost in the activity, in an el duende sort of way. (I think of duende as “lose yourself in the dance” or “lost in the art”.)

So at the end of the day, the secret to starting is…

Just start.


  1. So true. Reminds me of this Mark Twain quote:

    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

    Become a good starter and a strong finisher. That’s where it’s at.

  2. Simple but SO true! I think my “emotions” often complicate the reality of the task ahead. Thanks for this great reminder!

    • I used to try to think my way through emotions, but I found the fastest way to change them is with the right music.

  3. So true. And I think part of the reason why is because before we start we tend to look at the full big task. And that gets daunting. Instead of thinking “I just need to do one workout”, we look at it and say to ourselves “I need to get fit, and that means I need to work out every week for the next 3 months”. And then we tell ourselves we’d fail, and we don’t do that.

    One thing I always suggest (and try to do myself) is to break it (whatever you’re trying to do) down into as small steps as possible, and focus purely on the next step ahead. Do that, celebrate the wins – no matter how small they may seem – that you get from that step. Then move ahead.

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