Where to start
Have you ever asked yourself, "Where do I start?" The starting point is different for every goal, project and individual. You can find the starting point by asking one question: What is the hard part?
A friend of mine has owned a rental property for years. Recently, the tenant, who'd been living there for several years, moved out and left him with an unbelievable mess. The tenants hadn't cleaned anything since they moved in. Mold, mildew, garbage and dust covered everything. The only thing they could see was the path on the floor they'd used to get to the empty spot where their bed once was.
When he told me this story, I was shocked. I couldn't believe the amount of work he had before him. I asked him what he was going to do. He told me his plan was quite simple. He would start in the bathrooms, because they were the worse and would take the longest. Then, he'd move on to the kitchen. He explained if he did the hard rooms first, the work gets easier and easier until it is done.
What is the hard part?
The hard part isn't always the part that takes the longest. The hard part is what you are scared of doing. The part that you are not looking forward to. The part you are procrastinating. But if you don't do it, you will not accomplish your goal.
The hard part isn’t going to be defining the path. The hard part is going to be doing the scary thing to stick to the path. -Seth Godin
Working on a project or goal is like a roller coaster. The hard part is the big hill. Once you are over the hump, it is a fast journey until the end of the ride. Even though there will be more hills on the journey, your momentum will carry you over those hills with ease.