December 25

“Hence it is that the larger part of goodness is the will to become good.” – Seneca

There is a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Beginning is often the hardest part of any project. The more significant the project, the more difficult it can be to determine where to begin and then getting started can be daunting.

There is a moment in any difficult or scary endeavor that looms over us and can feel like it lasts forever even if it is only a moment. That moment is the moment between recognizing what needs to be done and then actually implementing action to accomplish what needs to be done.

But the best part of any scary or difficult project is that once that moment is past, once we implement some course of action, the rest starts to fall into place. There might be difficulties along the way but the hardest part is beginning. With almost anything, the most important part is showing up and putting in the work.

The showing up part is the same as the wanting the change part of becoming the best version of ourselves. The desire to learn from our mistakes, the discipline to detach and see our weaknesses objectively, the grit to start in the face of doubt and likely criticism. These things do not ensure that we will be successful on our path, but these things are the major components of that success.

virtus fortis vocat

 

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