Starting is not the hardest part; remaining consistent is.
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I hope you’ve had a lovely day so far. If you haven’t… I’d like you to consider this: a situation in itself cannot be good or bad- this is a label that we assign to them as human beings. Your perception and interpretation determines your reality #BeSafeTho
The following are my #2Cents on the matter at hand:-
How many times have you heard someone utter these diabolical words: “Starting is the hardest part”? Perhaps this may even be something that you tell yourself on a regular basis especially when you’re about to take on a new goal/challenge.
I called it “diabolical” because the statement in its purest form can be quite restrictive and stunts growth!
I’m somewhat convinced that at some point in our lives, we have all bought into this dangerous ideology that “starting is the hardest part” or is this just only me?
If you’re an avid STRENGTH with SUBSTANCE visitor, I’m confident that you have also had this same mindset at some point and you can’t even deny it.
Whether it’s taking that first “major” step either in business & commerce, or in a creative space or making a conscious effort to quit a bad habit, or learning a new skill, or starting a new fitness regiment…the thought that ‘starting is the hardest part” has definitely crossed your mind before.
I’m not sure about you but I’m absolutely livid for ever subscribing to this notion. Why? well, it’s only a partial truth, isn’t it! (Obviously, this argument becomes null and void if you have a physical or mental impairment that may restrict you from “starting”)
Let’s explore this further
From my experience, I noticed two things that are consistently associated with this type of thinking:-
- I start coming up with reasons (excuses) as to why “I can’t do it” OR I convince myself that the task is simply too hard. And;
- Simply “starting” becomes not only the aspiration but also the benchmark for “success” to an extent where I’m so gassed up that I forget that I have to “finish the race” so to speak.
This is one of the main reasons a lot of people fail in my opinion. They remain content and complacent after they’ve “started” and they think that they’ve accomplished a lot by simply “starting”.
#2 above is very common today, especially among my age group as I discovered.
I know some people that have started a business venture only for the bragging rights.
I’m not trying to take from away your accomplishments but if you created a business only to show off then I think you’re a loser. Let me reiterate: if your sole intention is to create a business for the purpose of showing off to others… you’re a big-time loser.
I’ve also observed that there are those that start a business just to be able to put “CEO” on their online profiles and Instagram bio. Get a grip! If this is you… please get in touch with me and together, we will re-evaluate your life priorities as a unit because you’re clearly lost #BeSafeThoBeloved.
Don’t get it twisted: I’m not disputing that the fact that “starting” can’t be difficult sometimes. I completely understand that there could external factors restricting your progress such as lack of finances or resources. While I appreciate that there could be things outside of one’s control that contributes to the difficulty of the initial start-up stages, it is imperative to keep in mind that “it doesn’t matter how you start but rather… how you finish!” (My mama taught me that).
While I appreciate that there could be things outside of one’s control that contributes to the difficulty of the initial start-up stages it is imperative to keep in mind that “it doesn’t matter how you start but rather… how you finish!” (My mama taught me that).
However, from experience, I’m just salty (bitter) that I wasn’t fully prepared for the work that would be required from me when I undertook certain missions in the past.
Undeniably, this was a major fault on my part but obviously, I’ve grown since then and I’d like to think that I’m a little bit wiser and a lot more strategic today. I’ve managed to evolve to a level where I “expect the unexpected then expect it.” I’ve become more hardworking and transformed into more of a meticulous planner.
Truth be told if you have any long-term goals: patience, persistence and consistency will be a major key to your success so let’s get deeper in Part 2 of this article. Ha! “deeper”- #giggity (I couldn’t help it)139