Starting…Is the Hardest Part of Any Journey

Every journey starts with a decision point. A point where you say enough is enough. Sometimes that moment comes in a still small voice. Sometimes it comes like a freight train blowing its horn. For me…it was somewhere in between – no fans cheering, no hoopla, no parades – just a decision point.

My Journey

The struggle with these decision points is they are always followed by actions (or at least that’s how you hope it goes). Well…it has been tough going thus far for me. I think my body is willing, but my mind plays tricks on me more than I care to admit.

When I started the Y39 Project, I thought the journey to my dreams would be a little easier. I thought I would instantly have that motivation to succeed, but the truth is…it’s been hard. I wake up tired. I go to sleep tired. I work hard, but I can’t seem to make progress towards the goal.

Reflect and Plan

A couple of weeks ago, I took time for myself. I took a mini-sabbatical. I rested. I planned my journey. I wrote in my journal. I read books. I took a trip to the beach and I went for a hike.

These thinks helped set the scene for the future. These plans…these activities…these ideas help me now, but soon these things will help me for the future and that is the end goal. I am a work in progress. I am still trying to figure it all out and that is what this journey is all about.

One Valuable Lesson

In the end, I will get there and I will look back on my journey and see the transformative steps that lead to the end goal. However, I will learn one very important lesson…starting is the hardest part of the journey.

Question: Do you find it hard to start your journey?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

(This post is part of the Y39 Project series.)

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