“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
There was a time not too long ago when I doubted myself. I was unsure of my abilities and as a result, failed to commit to anything of significance. The world seemed so daunting and so intimidating. I was unsure of my place wondering if I was good enough. And this doubt left me aimless, afraid to have a purpose, afraid to pursue my dreams.
I was not in shape, nor was I conscientious about living a healthy lifestyle. I shuddered at the thought of working out and thought it would be impossible to even bench press my own body weight. I did not exercise discretion in what I ate, often settling for fast food unaware of its consequences. I was just another guy, mindlessly going through the motions in life.
In reality, I was only in fear of myself. In reality, I was afraid of the possibilities that the world presented. And I didn’t know where to start. And then it came to me.
There came a point when I wanted to change. I wanted a new life, a healthy life. I wanted to feel my best physically and have complete command of my body. In essence, I wanted to unlock my physical, emotional, and mental potential. I decided it needed to be done and I was going to do whatever it takes to get there. And that is when I realized:
It all starts at 1.
I needed to commit to taking the first steps. Starting was half the battle. But when I finally committed, I rode the momentum, gaining confidence with every rep.
My first push-ups became my first super sets. My first pull-ups became my first muscle ups. Each obstacle cleared led to a new a new challenge staring back at me. And each challenge I overcame only fueled me for the next. There were no short cuts, no easy paths, no magic formula to lead me to where I am today--Just sheer determination, relentless perseverance, and unwavering dedication.
You can unleash your potential too. All you need to remember:
It all starts at 1.