Starting or Stopping?

We need to start so that we can gain the momentum to win. But starting is the hardest part. Starting is more than pressing start to play a game. Starting is more than taking your first step in a journey of a thousand steps.

The first step is hard and necessary, like static friction, where it’s harder to move an object at rest than it is to move an object that is moving.

However, the first step isn’t everything like the Chinese baobab and farmer story where the farmer had to take care of the baobab daily with it barely growing for five years. Then it shot up fast after the 5th year.

We need to start accelerating to go faster and build the momentum to push through obstacles that try to slow us down. We need to start changing directions to get to our destination when the path we’re currently taking isn’t the best one. We need to start taking each step after the first step in the journey of a thousand steps; then begin the next adventure. We need to start getting up when we fall.

If we’re not starting to start, we’re beginning to stop. If we’re not starting, we’ve finished. An analogy is how to cook a frog story where a frog is in water that gradually increases in temperature. The frog doesn’t notice until it has been boiled. However, if the frog is placed directly in boiling water, it notices and jumps out. We need to see and act on what’s happening to us, especially the small changes over time.

Did you come this far only to come this far? Will you only start to try to pull it off or will you pull it off? In the end, the choice is yours.

There is always an opportunity to get better. Plateaus are opportunities to get to the next level. Once you achieve a goal set the next one and work towards it. We’re either climbing or falling. We need to overcome the inertia that prevents positive progress.

Action steps:

i) Have goals (SMART goals) and work towards them in the short run (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, five years) to keep moving forward.

ii) Have an awareness of your progress towards the goals and the impact this may have in the long run.

iii) Based on your goals and development, adjust (improve systems, processes, e.t.c.) to get better.

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