“There is no shortcut. There is no hack. There’s only one way, so get after it.”
~ Jocko Willink – “Discipline Equals Freedom”
Within the context of our goals, there is a gap between where we are currently and where we want to go. And usually, the bigger the outcome we’re striving for, the bigger the gap that exists. While there is no shortcut to bridging that gap, there is a simple remedy to get us to the other side. That is to take the first step today.
We’d never sit in our car on one side of a bridge with the transmission in park, hoping that we could somehow make it to the other side. In order to cross the bridge, we put the car in gear, step on the accelerator and start moving across the bridge to the other side.
It’s no different with our goals. Sure, we can sit on our current side of the gap we need to cross and talk about how much we want to be on the other side, but unless we take steps to move toward our goal, we’ll never make progress at bridging the gap and reaching the other side. At some point we have to take the actions that will cause us to bridge that gap.
Is there anything you’d like to achieve that you’ve been hesitating on starting, or have even just been lazy about starting? If so, determine what that first step you need to take is and do it today. Then tomorrow, repeat the process and take the next step. Repeat this process daily, until you find yourself on the other side of the gap.
Although the steps might not be easy, the process is, and it involves taking the first step and doing the work.
It’s time to go! The other side awaits.