03/24/2013 10:34 am ET Updated May 24, 2013

Day 24: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 24 of 31 Days

"It is far easier to start something than it is to finish it." -- Amelia Earhart (aviator, 1897-1937)

It takes a certain amount of courage to start something, to make that declaration that you're going to do a something special and take the first steps to see it through. Beginnings contain good intentions. We rarely begin something thinking, as we do, that we'll just give up in a few days if it gets a little difficult. Even when people make New Year's resolutions they do, for the most part, really believe that this time they will keep them.

The challenge is that we usually underestimate the amount of energy and effort it will take to complete anything. However, we also underestimate the impact giving up will have on our self-esteem. When we fail to finish something, especially something we really cared about doing, it matters more than we might think. Every time we quit we're dismissing our desires and breaking our word with ourselves, thus inflicting a double wound on our fragile spirits. The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, and not say "yes" before you really realize what it will entail. You'll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust and rely on yourself is a great thing indeed.

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