Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s very easy to start something. But starting something and staying true to it for the long haul is a bit challenging even for a lot of successful people. I can’t remember how many blogs I tried to start before I eventually started writing this blog. Most of them, I started but never moved past post number 3 or 4.
With this blog I guess what was different was the commitment to fail right from the start. And the desire to put that failure public. By naming this blog ‘1000 days of inspiration’ , it was a challenge to myself to dare to fail. or if you think of it positively, dare to succeed.
I am reminded of a story I read about the Chinese commander Xiang Yu I wrote about in this post:
In 210 BC, a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu led his troops across the Yangtze River to attack the army of the Qin (Ch’in) dynasty in what is known as the Battle of Julu. Pausing on the banks of the river for the night, his troops awakened in the morning to find, to their horror, that their ships were burning. They hurried to their feet to fight off their attackers, but soon discovered that it was Xiang Yu himself who had set their ships on fire, and that he had also ordered all the cooking pots crushed. Xiang Yu explained to his troops that without the pots and the ships, they had no other choice but to fight their way to victory or perish.
Despite being heavily outnumbered, Xiang’s forces scored a great victory after nine engagements, defeating the 300,000 strong Qin army.
I guess my big wisdom after 500 days of inspiration is, if you really want something, you need to want it so bad you are willing to stare failure in the face and expose yourself to public ridicule if you don’t achieve it. Raise the stake so high the only alternative you have is to succeed.