Today I finished the 5th chapter of the book this blog is based on. For me, this is a huge deal. It means I am only two chapters away from completing my first draft and being able to share an amazing life transforming process with the world!
It hasn’t been an easy journey. This idea has been brewing for more than 3 years and it has taken several attempts to get started. I struggled through the content of the chapters, layout, book title (still not sure), and many other things.
“Make a mess of it and keep going. It won’t be perfect the first time.”
I’ve found that starting is the hardest part. Once I got over getting everything perfect, being okay with mistakes, being okay with criticism there was an amazing amount of progress and I look forward to the day I get to publish this book. For me it’s not about how many people read the book or what people think of the book, it’s about keeping a promise I made to myself.
Don’t Regret Not Starting
There have been goals and visions of things I would like to carry out that I never pursued and I have learned from these regrets. To not start is the biggest mistake I make in every case. The effort may not be perfect in whatever we attempt to do, but we must start if we hope to do anything.
Here are my top 7 ways to get started:
- GO! Don’t think about it just take action (the business idea, the new job, the new hobby, the girl…)
- Tell people about what you want to do, it creates accountability when they ask about your progress
- Put it on your calendar or your to-do list and set it to repeat, let these tools nag you into going to work
- Make a mess of it and keep going. It won’t be perfect the first time.
- Work on your project or idea every day
- Find a mentor to help you
- Give yourself due dates. Make them small enough to complete, but big enough to push you.
What do you need to go and get started on? Share on facebook or twitter what you need to start.