Begin Again

Right about now it’s almost the end of the first quarter of 2016 and most of you I’m sure have either forgotten about those New Year’s resolutions you’ve made or you’re struggling to keep it. I’ve seen a lot of posts on restarting 2016 since January was just a practice run.

We’re all delaying the start to a Monday, the first day of the month or the first day of the year.

Why? Because you want that perfect streak.

You want to be able to say that you haven’t had a cigarette in a month, you haven’t eaten fast food in one week, or you only checked Facebook once today.

But what is a perfect streak? A good habit that starts on January 1 and ends on December 31? As if. No matter how successful a person is – I’ve never heard of a perfect streak when it comes to transforming a bad habit into a good one.

IT DOESN’T EXIST.

You will fail. You will mistakes. You will find your stride – in the process. IN. THE. PROCESS.

The key to finding your stride isn’t delaying the start, it’s getting right back to where you fell off or if you have to from where you started. IMMEDIATELY.

Why? Because FAILURE ISN’T FINAL.

Logically, it’s true. We’ve witnessed enough stories to know that this a fact, but if that is in fact a solid truth then..

Why are we afraid to make a mistake?

Why are we afraid to take a risk?

Why do you hold back?

Why do you give up?

Why do we think it’s pointless to try?

Read that again. Failure isn’t final.

Failure only becomes final when you let of your grip, give up, and convince yourself that you can’t do it anymore.

But as long as you keep stubbornly trying even when your instincts and your impulses are starting to take over, and as long are you are relentless in doing it all over again.. and again and again.

You will find your stride.

You will get those long hashtag-instagrammable-snapchat-declaration-worthy streaks.

Eventually, you will get over those first few humps and you will reach your goal.

So what are you waiting for?

As you read this, you already know what it is you’re avoiding that you need to accomplish, so stop whatever it is you’re doing and begin again.

 

“Don’t worry about all of the steps. Begin.” – Bob Goff

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