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The first step is the hardest

March 18, 2015

Here’s an idea….

 Everything is difficult at first. Chinese Proverb

In other words…

Whether it be learning a new language, making and keeping a budget, or beginning an exercise program, anytime you start something new, it will be hard at first. Things that are worth doing are often challenging at first, but, the “first” time you do something is a one-time event. After that, it gets easier.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Think back to many of the things you have accomplished in life that were difficult at first—tying your shoes, writing in cursive, driving a car. Many of these activities or skills that were so difficult when learning are now just second nature. Whatever your new goal or activity is, remember you are learning something new and you shouldn’t be an expert at it in the beginning. Just like tying your shoes took practice and persistence, your new goal will too.

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