Here’s a contradiction for you; I love what I do, but most of the time I don’t want to work. It’s kind of like working out. Most of the time, we dread the period before we start, but by the time we’re halfway through, we’re thankful that we took the time to do it.
Afterwards, you feel better… more accomplished. But the build-up is, without a doubt, the worst part.
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I wonder, how many tasks do you have on your plate that you haven’t even figured out when you plan on starting them? How many ideas have you only allowed to live in your head? It’s a feeling I can relate to. It’s not uncommon to have a rush of good ideas, only for them to sit, untouched.
Days will pass, then weeks, and after a few months, the entire task seems too daunting to think about.
The best time to start is now
The longer you wait, the harder it is to get the ball rolling. Right now, the idea is somewhat fresh and you at least have a clear idea of your first steps.
You can think about your next project every day for a year, and you still can’t accurately predict how it will turn out until you get started. In that time, you will undoubtedly see others implement ideas that are similar to yours. You’ll develop a “that should have been me,” kind of resentment. Because, of course, your idea was far better.
What’s the worst that can happen?
You fail. So what? In that failure, you’ll learn, you’ll grow, and you’ll have the opportunity to try again. It always amazes me how quickly people get over other’s failures. There’s just too much going on — too much information, too many connections, too many notable events happening every single day.
No one is going to harp on your failure except for you. Most people won’t even recognize that your idea wasn’t a success.
So, the choice is yours. Work past your initial disappointment or scratch the entire project and start again. Either way, no one is judging you for it.
Find someone on a similar journey as yourself
Accountability partners are a great way to get started on a project that’s been sitting around for too long. With an accountability partner, you can share your goals and make a pact to start together. It’s important to keep each other updated on what steps you’re taking and how you feel about it.
An acountability partner only works if you have open, genuine, honest communication with each other. If you’re afraid, then it should be okay to say that. More than likely, they feel the same way.
Do human-to-human research
If you’re having trouble with starting your business, then the jolt you need might come from talking to your potential customers. Regardless of what your next project is, you should find your target audiencce and have conversations with them.
After a few conversations, you’ll begin to hear the same sentences over and over again. The people, the humans you want to serve are a direct reminder of why you need to get started as soon as possible. This isn’t just for you (or about you), but also for the many people who will benefit from the existence of your wonderful idea.
However will you grow?
One thought that helps me to get started on any given project is the anticipation of how much better I will be at the end of it. I think about how much I will have improved my skills, how much I will have learned, and the amount of connections I will have made in the process.
Today, you’re good enough, but tomorrow you can still be better. Unfortunately, until you begin taking leaps, you’ll stay exactly the same. I can’t think of a more daunting fate than remaining unchanged.
Money is always a tool
Your sole motivation to start something new should never be money. Not only is it unpredictable, but it is also not an indicator of anything. You can have a six-figure launch and have most people hate your product. In the long run, that would be more damaging than a failed launch.
When money is what we use to drive us, it will negatively impact our ability to motivate ourselves. What happens when you’re financially comfortable? You’ll stop working. Using money as our purpose for what we do only creates a path of destruction and desperation. Instead, when thinking of income, consider how you can use the funds to improve your business, help more people, or give you the freedom to choose your lifestyle.
The Art of the Start — Start now, right now. Not later.
Here’s the recap:
- The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to begin
- Most people won’t remember the amount of times you fail, but they will celebrate your success
- Find an accountability partner that you can be honest with about your journey
- Get in front of your audience. Have conversations with them to reinforce why you need to get started immediately
- Remember that you’ll come out of this with experience. Experience is something that can’t be taught.
- Don’t do it for the money. Do it for the people you’ll serve.
What will you get started with this week? I’m anxious to hear all about it. Leave a comment below!