Doing it once doesn’t make it easy.
It usually doesn’t get us where we want to go either.
Most diets fail because they are — by definition — short-term.
It’s one thing to throw three balls in the air and another thing keeping them up. One is playing. The other is juggling.
Our bodies are wonderful machines that can take a real pounding, as long as it isn’t over and over again. The same goes for our minds.
Willpower doesn’t just grow on trees.
That’s why settling for the smallest step, the thing we know we can actually do every day for decades, is so much more powerful than any crash course, extreme diet, six-month shred, or late-night sprint.
Don’t do twenty pull-ups one day and none the next. Do five every day until you can do them with one arm.
A little more patience gets us a lot further in the end.