If you are here, chances are you have an interest in motivating yourself, even if it is just a fleeting fancy. You may feel the desire to get in shape, finish a stalled project, acquire a new skill, get a better job, find love, or whatever else. You may be working towards that goal already, but if you aren’t, and you’re seeking the spark, here is one word for you: begin.

We all know Newton’s First Law, an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest. If you’re sitting at your computer, just waiting for things to happen or for that spark to come to you, you are not in motion, you are at rest. No progress will be made, nothing will be accomplished. You may ask, “How can I get the energy or the drive?” Inertia will not come to you, it must be amassed. Stand up, literally or figuratively, and proudly walk forward into whatever your next undertaking is.

Before you would say it is not a goal that can be started immediately, you can still begin your prepations. Research the topic. Make your plans. Reach out to friends or family who could help along the way. Acquire relevant materials or equipment. Do your homework beforehand, so you can hit the ground running once you can truly start on that goal.

Even the smallest steps forward will bring you the feeling of progress. It is an overused cliche, but only because it is true: “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.” It is tossed around as a fitness motivator, but it applies to all undertakings in life. Every master was once a metaphorical toddler taking stumbling steps into a new skill. Those small steps are worth infinitely more than sitting still.

This isn’t to say the journey of 1,000 miles will be easy after beginning with the first step. I promise you right now, after the goal is chosen and effort is launched, resistance will come. That simply means a goal is being progressed to. Life will not happen for you. The goal will only be accomplished with smart effort. You just have to do one thing first: begin.

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