"No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn't the start. It's the finish line. Look at the finish line now. It's far and it seems impossible. You imagine you weren't meant for this. You think that you're not strong enough. In a sense, you're right.
What you're missing is that the path changes you. You're weak because you haven't stepped on the path. Once you do a process will begin. As you climb the mountain you'll get stronger. You might think that this path isn't for you,but it is-you'll just change along the way. The path itself will toughen you up for the end. Right now, you just need to start."-Julien Smith, The Flinch
This reminds me a lot of running an ultra-marathon. It also represents the kind of writing that Julien Smith, author of The Flinch, has become noted for-thoughtful,inspirational, and exceptionally insightful passages followed by direct challenges to follow that inspiration to action: or admit that you're flinching.
Released as part of Seth Godin's Domino Project The Flinch is available completely free of charge. Visit Juliens site to download your copy: http://theflinch.com/
Amazon has at dubbed it a book too important to sell and, clever marketing aside, I definitely agree. Julien is a brave writer and this 122 page power punch is worth every second of your time. Give it a read and post your thoughts.