In Others’ Words: First Step, Last Step
Starting something and finishing something … I have to agree with today’s quote that those two steps can often be quite challenging.
Yes, the first step can be exciting, enticing even. The thought of embarking on a dream, pursuing your passion, is exhilarating at first — during the pondering stage. But then comes the moment when pondering must become doing. When thinking must transform into action. When you have to step out …
And that, my friends, can often feel like stepping off a cliff while the wind whistles past your ears sounding an awful lot like it’s saying, “What if … what if … what if … ”
Once I’m moving along — once I’ve written several scenes or chapters — I’m okay. It’s easier and easier to maintain momentum based on the progress I’ve already made.
And then comes the last step … the “almost there” part of the journey. Your steps start to lag, don’t they? Enthusiasm wanes a bit. And maybe, just maybe, you think less of finishing and more about just … not … continuing.
I know there is no journey unless we start, but sometimes that last step is the most important one. Finishing. To be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I did it. I didn’t quit.” Whether the journey accomplished is all you’d hoped for and dreamed about, you completed it. And that should give you satisfaction.
In Others’ Words: First step or last step — do you think they are usually the hardest? Why or why not? And do you think that sometimes there’s enough satisfaction in just completing the journey? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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