1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
"In any fight, it's the first blow that counts; and if you keep it up hot enough, you can whip'em as fast as they come."
-From: Nathan Bedford Forest
-Source: Ibid., p.198
Nathan Bedford Forest was one of the few people that Ulysses S. Grant dreaded to face in the Civil War. Bedford was hard to predict, didn't follow the general rules of engagement, and was an overall wildcard. What I find most impressive about Bedford is that he had no prior military training, but still rose up the ranks fairly quickly in the Confederate Army.
History goes back and forth about how effective Forest was for the Confederate Army, but one can't deny he serves as a lesson of how to attack a problem.
Forest trusted his gut and acted upon it, and so should we.
It is natural to second guess ourselves.
It is natural to doubt ourselves.
It is natural to feel unprepared.
It is natural to feel unworthy.
it is natural to delay and put things off until tomorrow.
But we must drown out those thoughts and remind ourselves that it is the first blow that counts.
The first sales call.
The first page of a novel.
The first rep in the gym.
The first "I love you".
The first offer.
Remember: most anxiety and worry in life come from our own heads, not reality.
What are you putting off until tomorrow that could get started today?
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The 1-Step Forward Newsletter is a weekly Sunday newsletter.
Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
September 24 (newer)
"Engaged, as I am, in a great war, I fear it will be difficult for the world to understand how fully I appreciate the principles of peace, inculcated in this letter, and everywhere, by the Society of Friends."
September 10 (older)
"The patriot volunteer, fighting for his country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier upon earth." -Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson