“Begin where you are” may sound profound, but only because so many people try to begin
where they are not.
Memories sometimes play tricks on us, and we imagine that we are today what we used to
On the other hand, optimism and ambition can cause us to imagine what we would like to
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Both are illusions, perhaps even good illusions, but distortions of our present reality.
The lead role in these illusions is played by the word “if”.
If only, I were slimmer…
If only I was faster…
If only I had more money…
if only I was born to different parents…
If only I was a citizen of a different country.
‘Iffeciency’ is the enemy of efficiency.
In my first book, “You’ve Got All it Takes to Succeed, I dedicate almost 50 pages to the first
chapter – “Man in the Mirror” and less than 20 pages to the second chapter, “The Man next
It is the Man in the Mirror with whom we are usually most uncomfortable, and breaking the
mirror will not help.
The honest identification, realization and acceptance of your current reality is a critical
component of constructive goal-setting. Your long term goal is the first marker you set,
only because your first coordinate is already set for you. Forget regret and bury “if”.
The only place you can begin is where you are. And the sooner you begin… the sooner you
will achieve your goals.
So begin, and don’t stop.