Nothing Beats Starting

I love movies. All types, except horror, are fair game; Action, adventure, thriller, sci-fi, romance, comedy, big budget, low budget, classics, foreign. If done properly, a movie can elicit emotions very few experiences in life can.

The whole experience of going to watch a movie at a cinema is a treat these days, with the ‘home cinema experience’ so easily available (and cheaper). Call me old fashioned, the process of taking out a second mortgage purchasing your ticket, food and drink, getting your ticket stub checked by the attendant, finding the best seat in the house, getting your ‘system’ in order (drink on one side, popcorn shared in between you and your companion, phone switched off, brief banter about any tidbit you might have read on the internet, unlace your shoes (but keep them on still), wiggle into the sweet-spot of your chair, have a look around at the other cinema-goers, giving the ‘Disney Nod’ to anyone you make eye contact with (I’ll explain the DN another time), big breath, exhale, relax and ‘buy’ into the moment)

I remember reading about the film maker Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus, Clockwork Orange, The Shining), how he gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers, “Get hold of a camera and make a movie of any kind at all.”

So, what does my love of movies and a quote by Stanley Kubrick have to do with your health and fitness?

Just start! The only way to make progress is to start. If you are always starting, from my way of thinking you never get a chance to quit or give up on what you want.

Is getting started fun? Rewarding? Easy? Of course not! Getting started is the part people hate the most; everything is new, uncomfortable, painful, you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t see immediate results.

Your goal and passion to create change had better be big enough to drown out all the distractions around you – the hurt, the doubt, the naysayers, the insignificant things which seemingly take precedence all of a sudden.

It’s OK to be always getting started. The experience is so much better once you have momentum.

If your life depended on it, what would you start today? Go make your movie!

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