“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you all are doing well and back in the Monday morning groove. Thanks for taking a few minutes to read a little encouragement. Let’s get to it!
My favorite events in any summer Olympics are the track and field events, no doubt about it. There on the green fields and oval tracks we encounter the very best of sport, pure objective competition, winners determined without the stain of judges or votes. I love it. How many times have we seen those superb athletes line up along the starting line, waiting for the gun, only to blast off like rockets headed down the track? If only it were so easy for the rest of us, not the world-class running of course, but merely the courage to face the starting line and begin the journey.
I’ve done enough study as a layman to be a near expert on the power of the starting line. That’s where the real battle of achievement exists and is fought. Dreams and ideas and hopes come naturally to us; we can conjure up an idea in a heartbeat. And we have plenty of experience following through on things, succeeding many times and failing sometimes, but sticking to what we start. The internal battles are few at the extremes. But that starting line looms like a monster between every dream and what comes after it.
* We have an idea for health but we’re afraid to toe the line.
* We have a dream for new finances but we’re afraid to toe the line.
* We would love to do a new thing but we’re afraid to toe the line.
* A new job looks enticing but we’re afraid to toe the line.
* On and on the list goes…
The starting line tells us we’re not capable. It tells us we’re not worthy. It tells us failure in inevitable. It reminds us of all the other times we started and failed. But let me tell you this very plainly: the starting line is a liar. Is it easy? No. Do you deserve success? Not until you’ve earned it. Will there be unknown challenges along the way? Most likely. Is the end predetermined? No chance. What matters is that we stop being intimidated by the starting line, intelligently selective about the races we run, and committed to the ones we start. Toe the line with confidence and take off! What ideas have you been holding on to for a while, too intimidated by the starting line to begin? Listen to Ms. Earhart and have the guts to begin. It may be the best race of your life. Ready! Set! GO! I’ll see you at the turn… Have a great week!