Hey readers 👋

During my run yesterday morning, the topic for this week newsletter hit me hard, and I’m going to share it with you all.

Once I have started running, the first kilometre is always the most difficult. The distance I intend on running is irrelevant. If I plan to run 2 kilometres, 7 kilometres or 15 kilometres, the first kilometre is still always the most difficult.

Once I’ve gotten past the first kilometre, I seem to find my stride and settle into a comfortable rhythm. It’s almost like my body has woken up and now realises that it’s in motion. Kilometre 2 onwards then becomes relatively more comfortable until the end.

This notion applies to everything we do in life, whereby the most challenging thing is always the beginning. It’s the getting started. Once we’re fully up and running, things generally become easier.

Take starting a business or learning a new language or skill, the hardest part will be right at the beginning, when you know absolutely nothing. The more you learn, the easier things become.

Whenever you’re starting something new, and you’re finding it very difficult, these two quotes help me get past that first kilometre.

Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
- Muhammad Ali
If you are going through hell, keep going.”
- Winston Churchill

Once you’re past that first kilometre, everything becomes relatively easier.

Don’t give up!

Have an awesome week ahead 🤩

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