The Art of the Start

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We take pride in our creations. As kids we glowed with joy when our moms would display our art on the fridge. So why is it today that when we have to get something done or have an idea that we want to grow, we can’t?

You know exactly what I’m talking about. That project, that blog, that website, that business, that THING. It never gets done.

There’s a reason you can’t stop thinking about it. It’s a seed planted in your mind being watered by your aspirations, dreams, and conscience. Every time you back out, convince yourself you’re not ready, fear falling flat on your face; your seed is being ambushed by Mother Nature. But it continues to grow.

So send that email, attend that event, buy that domain name, write that first paragraph. Whatever it takes, start.

Maybe your idea will be a huge success. Maybe your website will be a small dud. Maybe your assignment will land you a fat D. Don’t live with the what if. You owe it to yourself to find out.

Maybe you feel uncertain, unprepared or unqualified. But what you have right now is enough. You are enough. So, start. All it takes is a willingness to learn and the cajones to fail.

If you’re waiting for the “right time”, you’ll be waiting forever. It will never come. You will always be “busy”. Productivity begins at the end of your comfort zone and when you are the least willing to work. That’s when it becomes meaningful. That’s when things get interesting.

I myself know that I overanalyze. You can prepare and plan and overanalyze as much as you like. The real learning begins when you start creating. The beauty is in the challenge. The growth is in the struggle.

Inspiration and motivation only comes knocking every once in a while. It dies out quickly afterwards. Are you going to wait for that essay assignment, that project, that business idea, that video to create itself? Are you going to deny yourself the chance to get started?

The arguments usually go something along the lines of, “I can’t do it”, “ I don’t have any ideas”, “I need help”. In a world where there the internet allows us access to anyone and anything, there is no excuse. No excuse to learn. No excuse to find help. No excuse to get ideas colliding inside your head. Start now, you will figure the rest out. Just start.

Stop saying you don’t have time. Everyone has 15 minutes a day. The global average for Facebook use/day is 20+ minutes. Stop using ‘perfectionism’ as an excuse. ‘Perfectionists’ are just procrastinators in disguise. I claim this as a vulnerable attribute of my own. If you’re worrying about what people will think, don’t. I promise they’re focusing too much on their own hopes, dreams and aspirations to criticize yours to the point of defeat.

The only regret you’ll have is doing nothing at all.

Quit checking your news feed. Now. Use an app like Focus Lock or Freedom to banish you from social media for a few hours. Say no to seeing that friend. A friendship that is damaged by your will to improve your life isn’t much of one at all. Yet another Netflix show can wait. It will be there when you get back. Your idea, your work cannot. Just start.

Before you know it, summer sixteen will turn into winter and 2016 will turn into 2017. When you look back you will ask, “How is my life any better?” The only person in control of your year is you. It’s April. It’s not too late. Make this the year of the start.

Never forget that everyone you’ve ever met has worried about failing at something. The difference is that some people – the people whose stories you have heard and applauded – chose to start anyway. We’re all scared and we’re all making it up as we go along. So start and start now. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever has.

Whatever you do, just start. We are creators. Create something. Take pride in your hard work. I promise it will be a masterpiece.


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