Whatever you want to do, Just Start.

You already know what this post is about.

This is that little nagging voice in the back of your mind that keeps telling you to start doing that ‘thing’ you’ve always wanted to do. That project, that business venture, that blog, that website, that design… that thing.

Just start.

Can’t stop thinking about it? This is just one of many reasons that you have to try. Make the first step today… make any emails or calls necessary, buy the domain name, download the right software, get a place on that course. But, do something to start.

Right now, you’re in that ‘unknown’ place. You’re asking too many questions. Questions that can only be truly answered by starting. Will I be successful? Am I ready? Have I got what it takes to make it work?

My question is this. How will you know the answer, until you give it a shot? Don’t throw your dreams into the back of your mind and allow them to collect dust in the depths of your memory. Life is not s dress rehearsal. You only get one chance to be on center stage.

There is no such thing as being ready. What you have right now is enough — you are enough. Those ideas that make you feel uncertain are probably the ones worth investing in. Real progress begins outside of your comfort zone. That’s when you’re challenged, that’s where you become the best version of yourself.

This doesn’t mean that you should abandon planning and preparation. It means that you need to eliminate self-doubt. Trust yourself and learn from the beauty of experience. Nothing worth having comes easy… if you want to feel fulfilled, expect to struggle. Embrace it and own the battle scars.

Circumstances don’t have to be perfect in order for you to start. If it is important enough, you will find the time to dedicate to it. Stop worrying about what other people think and trying to live up to their expectations — it’s a waste of valuable energy that could be channeled into something far more productive.

Do you really want to live your life with that ‘what if’ floating in the back of your mind?

Be selfish. Say no to going out with your friend and turn your phone off for a few hours. Your idea shouldn’t be pushed aside anymore. Do something today.

We’re already 1/3 of the way into 2016. Four months have flown by and next four will be gone before you can blink. You are in control of your time so use t wisely. Make this year, your year.

We all worry about failure. But, in order to keep going, you have to know that you have a story waiting to be told. A story that will make people stop and listen. Instead of ‘faking it until you make it’, try ‘believing it until the world catches up’.

Don’t wait any longer.

Start now.


Originally published at thelifeofaworkinggirl.com on April 17, 2016.