People often ask me how to get started in a particular business or endeavor they want to pursue. To put it simply, my advice is to get started, to begin at least to some degree, as quickly as possible — even if they don’t have all the specifics figured out exactly right to begin with.
My rationale for this thinking is actually grounded in sound life experience. I have seen time and time again, in not only my own life, but those of many others that it has amazing way of filling in the details or supplying the people and or resources when they’re needed for the person who chooses not to let perfection get in the way of their trying a thing or undertaking their endeavors.
Please understand that I’m not suggesting anyone fly totally blind here. Certainly, make sure you have a basic idea of the direction you want to move in, but at the same time accept that as you find yourself in the activity, and moving in the direction you want to go that signs will appear, provided you’re open to seeing them of course, which will help to steer you in the right direction.
Allow me to offer up the following example from my own life as testament to what I’m suggesting…
Friend, when I began years ago, with the idea to start a simple website, with the purpose of sharing personal & professional development resources (something that I was personally passionate about) I had no earthly idea that it would become a business, nor that it would eventually lead to me overcoming countless challenges I was experiencing in my life at the time. If you would have told me I would eventually get to the point where people have me speak to their companies, groups, and organizations when I was first getting started on my “little idea” I would have thought you were crazy (with a capital C I might add :-)).
However, overtime while developing the idea, and more importantly working towards and taking real actions my mindset expanded and I began to believe that I could do this thing, that I was fully capable and that whatever I lacked I could acquire either myself or with the help of others.
Ideas & strategies that once seemed far fetched or out of reach now no longer appear to be unattainable. And so you will find it is with your endeavors.
Get Over The Part of You That Says “No I Can’t”…
Friend, when you get past the part of you that’s there trying to convince you of all the reasons why you can’t do a thing, and get on with the business of just doing it to the best of your ability you’ll be that much ahead of the game. Accepting that trying, even if doing so appears to be out of your reach is indeed half the battle.
The very fact that you gave it your dead-level best is indeed a win in and of itself. Because you had the courage to begin, and have the persistence to stick things out you are part of the special group of people who takes on their self-imposed comfort zones and gets on with the business of unleashing their greatness — knowing that in doing so they are creating and opening up opportunity for not only themselves, but all those around them.
Embrace The Idea That You Tried in The First Place Makes You A Winner – and That Anything Beyond That is Gravy…
When you get to the point where you find as much joy and fulfillment in having given a thing your best, as whatever end result comes to pass — in that moment you will find that more often then not the result you were after all along seems to come to fruition.
Greatness is indeed a part of who you are. To tap into and unleash your best self be ever on the lookout for opportunities to say yes when the challenge to do so appears. One thing I can assure you, if you will remain open to it, you will find that opportunity is all around you.
It’s your life, LIVE BIG!
-I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the above ideas. Please take a moment to share them in the comments below.