Great men achieve. And their footprints are indelibly visible even in the sandy soils of desert places. You read about the robust systems they built. You hear about the life-saving interventions they effected. And you’re daily a testimony of their unforgettable impacts.
But do you know the one act that brought about all these?….. they started what they should start, at the time they should start it, and with the little resources they should start with.
Growth is meaningful only after you’ve started what you should start.
The biggest mountain in the life of many people isn’t lack of resources. Neither is it lack of destiny helpers. They simply wouldn’t start what they should start.
Maybe you’re thinking “My case is genuine, I have a genuine fear, and my excuse is excusable.” And you may be right. Because I don’t know what grounds you stand on. But know this: life is for starters.
You can’t dream of improving or growing until you first start. And you can’t think of continuing anything or ending anything without first starting it. Truly, life is for those who can start what they should start. And just like you can’t multiply zero, so you can’t improve anything you haven’t started.
What are you supposed to start that you haven’t started, and yet you want to be great in?
Nobody ever started with a 100% supply of resources. You must learn to start with the little resources at your disposal first. The rest will be supplied along the journey.
Public drivers understand this very well. Mostly at the start of the day, they fuel their car only to some percentage of the tank capacity-as their money can afford. And they worry not so much about how much fuel they’ll need for the day and how it will be supplied. Their motto is “If only this one will take me through my first rounds, it’s enough.” They know very well the fuel for their subsequent rounds will be catered for. Yes, the passenger’s fare will take care of that.
George Herbert agrees with this by saying, “Do not wait; the time will never be just right! Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
Start. And don’t worry now about something that will be supplied along the way.
Maybe you fear you’ll fail when you start. Or you fear you can’t stand the shame of failing. But do you know fear is natural? Yes, it is. God built it into you to protect you against harmful environments. And have you realized you normally panic a bit when you want to start something new? Yes. That’s the fear surfacing right there. Especially something that seems to shift you from your comfort zone.
Ouch… by default, we hate uncertainty. We only want to play with things we can predict their outcome. And that’s why we fear or panic when what we are going into doesn’t promise that. The punch line is; fear is natural.
But this is where it becomes abnormal; when the fear cripples you to the extent you can’t dare to start what you should start.
Your fear, no matter how genuine it is, or no matter how much you justify it, it won’t drive away failure. It is rather supposed to make you produce courage to face your situations.
Because, fear is necessary for courage to be birthed.
And as for failure, it’s the way we learn. It’s an oil on its own, lubricating the elbow of those who know how to use it to their own advantage. See failure as a tool and it’ll empower you to face your fears.
It was Francis of Assisi who advised, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Sometimes starting is just like the nob you press that puts every part of your life in alignment. Imagine where you would have reached in life if you had started the things you should have started two years ago. But you lost those improvements. Just because you didn’t start.
Yesterday is gone. But today is here. If only you can start, you’ll get to your desired future. Just decide. And act.
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