Start.

‘Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. just take the first step’
– Marting Luther King.

Once you have your goals, you just have to start working towards them. Imagine your goal is the peak of a mountain and you are at the bottom. You may not be able to see a clear route to the top, it could be twisted and hidden with obstacles. The only way to get to the top is to start and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

As an IB student, the biggest goal for me is to complete the 2-year course successfully. I’m now halfway through the course and can see the top of the mountain clearer and clearer each day, but that doesn’t mean its going to be easier to climb the final stretch. There are still hidden obstacles like assignment deadlines and exams that I have to conquer.

Another goal I recently set was the 30 days 100 squat challenge. 100 is a big number and I wasn’t even sure if I could do it. The first five days of the challenge were probably the hardest; I’d never felt so much pain in my thighs. Even walking downstairs was a challenge. No matter how painful or tiring it was I just kept doing the squats daily. After about a week, I got used to the pain and now as I’m on my 23rd day and I don’t struggle with completing the 100 anymore. I’m almost done with the challenge, and I’m already so proud of how far I’ve come. It’s the first fitness challenge I’ve pushed through. After doing this, I feel I can do others that I find.

When you are setting out on a long and difficult journey towards your goal, you will not be able to foresee every obstacle. But with every step, you gain experience, perspective, skill and confidence. It is these elements that will help you ultimately reach your goal. But you only gain experience, perspective, skill and confidence if you START.

The hardest thing may be keeping on track and hanging on for the ride. All you can do is stay positive, not quit, and listen to that inner voice inside of you that made you want to write that goal down in the first place. And most importantly, never lose sight of your goal which is at the top of the mountain.

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