Why Starting Is Not the Hardest Part of the Journey
We’ve got it wrong as an industry, starting is not the hard part. Anyone can start anything. Hell, I start and quit shit all the time. Drives me insane about myself. People do this everyday across many interests without even being aware of it some of the time. In the fitness world we often sell that dumb cliche of, “All you need to do is take that first step and we’ll do the rest!” That’s utterly false. While true, that the first step can be difficult it is in fact that pesky part that you have to see it through that is the hardest.
Anyone can plan to go for a five mile run, but what do you do at mile three? Anyone can plan to go to the gym four days a week, but what happens when you’re over it at number three? Anyone can plan to commit to twelve weeks of healthy eating, but what do you do at week three when you want to bump lines of chocolate frosting?
Today’s society is producing shorter relationships, job tenures, attention spans, living residences, conversations, and everything in between. Starting is incredibly easy. But there’s a reason the prize exists after the finish line. If something means something to you, make your absolute best effort to see it through. Your best. Through the good, the bad, the plateaus. If you started it, you probably deemed it worth pursuing because of the real benefits you hoped to get from said pursuit.
Anyone can start anything.