Your First Step is all It Takes

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.” — Ps 37:23

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” — Lao Tzu

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I feel there is someone like me out there.

Someone who is contemplating a business idea, a passion (like writing or singing or speaking) or a project but is feeling held back.

Held back by the idea that you are not ready.

Held back by the idea that you are not qualified and maybe;

Held back by the idea that you are not good enough.

If you resonate with the above, then here are three statements I encourage you to think about. These statements did get me to reprogram some of my thoughts, rethink my readiness about finishing my first book, and to reassess what I need to get my new business started.

I picked up these quotes while listening to a 15 minutes YouTube video by Les Brown, titled — Reprogram Your Subconscious (for Positive Thinking).

Here they are:

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1. “You don’t have to be great to get started. But you have to get started to be great.”

I had always thought that I need to get great at writing before I can think of writing a book. But I have realised by starting a blog when I knew nothing about writing and by writing consistently on social media has put me in a good space to finish my book.

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2. “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly until you get it right.”

We are taught that anything worth doing is worth doing well. I do believe this is good advice and I will do whatever I set out to do to the best of my abilities. But this will hold true if you know what to do. My first blog posts are nowhere as good as what I write now. I had to start writing badly until I get it right.

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3. “You must be willing to do the things today that others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.”

I had to reduce TV time, Facebook time and practice waking up early to make time for my writing. Athletes put in the hard work to become champions. And to be a champion, you must at least do these two things:

i) Have discipline. Stick with the program, follow the routine.

ii) Do not fear failure. Know you will fail. But develop the determination to get back up, no matter how many times you fail.

In others words, seek to make progress and not to achieve perfection.

To achieve anything, you must first start.

Don’t wait until you get the experience. You have to start in order to get the experience

Don’t wait until you have the money. Money does not go to those who need it but to those who deserve. And you will not be deserving of money until you start something.

So, what are you waiting for?

Write the first word, sing the first note, send the first application or sell the first product.

Take action and get started.