Simply starting is the most important step of any project. You don’t have to be the most talented, the smartest, the richest or an expert.
Whether it’s building a website, writing a book, or starting a business, it’s never too late to begin. There is ancient Chinese proverb that says the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now.
We have the habit of comparing ourselves to others which is a form of procrastination and self-sabotage. These thoughts often prevent us from beginning new projects and leaves us with feelings of insecurity.
We allow these comparisons to stop us from trying and it prevents us from gaining any traction. It’s important to realize that we shouldn’t expect perfection right from the start, but rather embrace the mistakes.
The beginning stages is where we learn, grow, and gain experience. It’s the most critical part of the maturation process that builds upon each and every failure. Without these lessons, there is no progress.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” -Zig Ziglar
Place more emphasis on creating your reality rather than just existing in it. Instead of falling into the endless cycle of monotony shake up your world and dive head first into your interests. Follow your passion and trust your values. By doing this you’ll gain valuable knowledge and expertise along the way.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
One of the most common regrets of individuals laying on their death beds is not going after their dreams. Time and time again this idea comes up and leaves care takers with resonating insights about the future. Armed with this knowledge a nurse named Bronnie Ware wrote a book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, compiling the ideas shared by the majority of her patients.
The number one regret was not living a life that is true to yourself. With that being said instead of re-living the mistakes made by others; take this knowledge and use it to better your own life.
“The most important step of all is the first step. Start something.” -Blake Mycoskie
What is it that you’ve always wanted to do? Play the piano, start a charity, build a business? Whatever it is, just do it. You’ll learn along the way, just take the first step.