What have you been dreaming of starting? Maybe it’s your dream job, moving to a new city, or starting a family. Perhaps you want to start saving money or get in shape.
Do you have something in mind? If so, go ahead and write that down.
Next question – what’s holding you back?
If you’re like me, you can probably list a dozen reasons. It’s not the right time, you don’t have enough experience, you’re not prepared financially, you might fail, or you might succeed.
Go ahead and list all of those things that are holding you back under that one thing you want to start.
I’m publishing this post on the two-year anniversary of launching this website. To celebrate this achievement, I want to talk about what I learned by starting something new. If I had to pick one lesson, it would be this.
You see, I waited three and a half years to start. I had dozens of excuses why I couldn’t. And some of them were valid. But knowing what I know now, I wish I had started sooner.Knowing what I know now, I wish I had started sooner. Click To Tweet
There are four things you should not wait for. I will explain each of them below.
DON’T WAIT FOR CERTAINTY
Don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? The truth is that many of us will never fully know. That’s part of our journey. It keeps us going.
That said, once you start moving toward the things that are calling you, the path will become clearer. It’s in taking action that you begin to find clarity.It’s in taking action that you begin to find clarity. Click To Tweet
DON’T WAIT FOR PERMISSION
If you are waiting to be picked, to be asked, or to be invited, you’re going to be waiting a very long time. Those people who are making change happen are the ones who quit waiting and started.
DON’T WAIT FOR PERFECT CONDITIONS
There will never be a perfect time to start. You will never have all of the knowledge you need. Your finances will never be exactly on target. And your fear will never disappear. You simply need to start. Where you are. Right now.
DON’T WAIT FOR INSPIRATION
My readers have come to expect a new blog post and newsletter each week. That’s 104 new pieces of writing I need to put out each year. On top of that, I have a series of books I’ve been working on.
You know what? Sometimes I have no idea what I want to say. But I do it anyway because that’s the promise I made.
The funny thing is that sometimes the things I write when I don’t know what to say resonate more than the things I feel inspired to say. You never really know how people will connect with your work until you put it out there. That’s why you need to put your work out there, early and often.You need to put your work out there, early and often. Click To Tweet
Now let’s go back to that list you wrote earlier. The list of all the things that are preventing you from starting. Draw and big X through those things. You’re not going to let them have power over you anymore.
Now write down three small steps that will get you closer to your dream. Then circle the one thing you will start today.
Promise yourself that you’ll stop waiting and start!
Add some accountability. Tell us what you’ll start today.
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