Just Do It!
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. (James Bryan Conant, late educator)
We probably don’t often think of turtles as examples to follow, although the legend of the tortoise and the hare offers a powerful example of persistence. Conant isn’t saying don’t try to make progress but rather, move ahead slowly, making sure you know what your goal is and how you’re going to reach it. We should count the cost and plan ahead as well as we can.
But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? (Luke 14:28)