“In some areas of life, value is unlocked by starting. Even a five-minute workout or a short walk can reset your mood and benefit your body.
In other areas, value is unlocked by finishing. It does you no good to build a bridge halfway across the river. You need to complete the project to realize the value.
Do you need to start or finish? Are you building a body or building a bridge?”
You may have heard about James Clear, he wrote the book Atomic Habits. And while the book is powerful, I find his weekly newsletter even more inspiring. There is something I love about small nuggets of wisdom. I receive a few weekly newsletters similar to his and it has inspired me to create my own. It is a commitment to myself and to you. I have said it before and I repeat it here, I want to connect more, share more, love more and what better way if not to start somewhere, somehow?
From this week on, I will be sending a weekly e-mail on Mondays where I will share with you a quote that I have found inspiring, motivating or just thought provoking. My hope is that these little weekly messages bring something positive to your life, whether that is learning something, feeling connected, understood, seen etc.
I’ve been doing a lot of personal work and trying to shine a light on some blind spots I’ve carried with me for a few years now and that have kept me rather stock in some areas of my life. And, with that, I have been finalizing many things that I had kept in the back burner and never really finished. Last Friday I felt so good and accomplished for having finally taken action on some of those and I feel as though that gave space to other things to begin.
I had been thinking about creating a more consistent newsletter so I can connect with you more. So, this morning I had the idea to start this with sharing a quote and a few words about my take on that quote. So, I searched in my e-mail and clicked the first e-mail I saw and there it was… James Clear with the quote I shared above. How perfect and fitting is this?
This is my “five minute workout” he mentions in the quote I shared above. And, believe me, my over achieving self really wants the 1 hour Crossfit workout. But, I know better now, we have to slowly build endurance. We have to commit to something that we know we can sustain instead of burning out when we are just getting started.
Where do you think you stand this week? Is it time for you to finalize or keep working on a project or an idea you have been thinking about? or is it time for you to start something?
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