Michael and I sometimes get so excited about our lives and the direction we are now going we can hardly contain ourselves. We have brainstorming sessions were we talk about many, many ideas we want to implement.
We start saying things like, “Oh, and we need to do this or we should do that or we should start this…”
Sometimes we start our sessions so excited and by the end we feel completely discouraged because of time limitations for the amount of things we want to do. This totally defeats the purpose of the brainstorming session!
Anyway, when this happens, one of us steps back, takes a deep breath and reminds the other person that we just need to start with small steps. Action leads to more action and one step towards a goal is one more step than if we hadn’t taken one at all!
Therefore, we focus on making small, constant progress towards our dreams and goals.
I hear some people say they don’t know where to start and therefore they end up never starting at all. They think and talk about dreams/goals but never take action on pursuing them. A plan is never put in place to reach the goal or dream. “But,” they say, “it will happen when the time is right.”
That is like dreaming about eating brownies for desert but never making them, and then being disappointed when you dish the vanilla ice cream because there are no brownies to go with it!
Your goals and dreams will never be reached if you don’t implement a plan to reach them. If you don’t start, you can’t finish. Most people get to the end of their lives and realize they never even started.
Ideas don’t need to be implemented overnight. They can be thoughtfully laid out and then followed through step by step. Even the tiniest bit of progress is progress.
If a car moves forward one inch, that is still forward progress, right?
We have found constant incremental progress towards a goal is extremely fulfilling. Progress, action, and forward momentum all inspire more of the same.
So, that is my proverbial, “get off your butt and do something” speech. You will feel amazing just moving forward and acting on something. Oh, and if action leads to more action, who knows where you could end up!
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” – Thomas Edison
Question: Do you ever struggle with the question, “Where do I start?” What are you doing to overcome in-action?