A journey of a thousand miles
“…begins with a single step,” no? That’s the classic form in English of a Chinese proverb usually attributed to Lao Tzu. It’s wisdom could be said to lie in counteracting our natural inability to grasp incrementalism.
Interestingly, there’s a variant of the proverb I had never heard before — “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” — which can lead one to a totally different interpretation: wherever you are, whatever your goal, you have to begin where you stand. The place to start is here, can be nothing but here.
(And for a further remix, “On a journey of a hundred miles, ninety is but half way.”)