“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I’ve always wanted to start working for myself.
Yet I didn’t make that decision until 3 years ago, (2012) after being made redundant.
Not to mention wasting 3 years of my life in college after leaving high school.
And then my first business was started in 2013. I finally got started instead of thinking about it or putting it off until a later time.
Maybe you’ve yet to get started on something important yourself.
Maybe you can relate to what I’m saying, and you feel you’ve been slacking off for too long now.
Here’s why getting started is the best way to get started. Right now.
1. It’s better than thinking about it.
Thinking about something before you do it is a great trait to have. But thinking can also be dangerous when you do too much of it.
You can think as much as you like, but thinking isn’t going to change the situation. In fact, thinking isn’t going to change anything.
Thinking will just keep you in the same position you’re already in. You won’t go anywhere, as If you’re a human statue.
2. Too much thinking can become a bad habit.
Whatever you do everyday is a habit, and that’s a fact. Unfortunately that means too much thinking can also become a habit.
And It’s not a habit that’s going to push you forward and get you started.
It’s about time to woke up and got started, or else you never will.
3. It’s better than never taking action.
“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
Do you want to be the man or the woman who never does anything?
Do you want to be the man or the woman who never gets started? Take action and get out of your own head. You won’t regret it.
4. It’s better than dreaming about doing it.
How long are you going to dream about starting your own business?
How long are you going to dream about getting started?
How long are you going to dream about how wonderful it’ll be when you DO take action?
And how long are you going to dream about how much of a difference it’ll make to your life?
There’s only so much dreaming you can do before you have to turn that dream into action.
A dream without action is a fantasy, destined to never come true.
5. You’ve got to get over your fear of starting eventually.
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
Maybe that’s the reason why you’ve yet to get started up until this point. Are you afraid?
What are you so afraid of anyway?
- Is it rejection?
- Being turned down?
- Things not going the way you expect them to?
- Are you afraid of failure?
- Do you fear being criticized?
- Losing money?
- Lack of support?
Whatever your fears might be, it’s time to get over it.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about facing your fears, it’s the fact that fear is never as bad as we believe it to be.
When I first started my own personal development website I was scared. I was afraid of what people might think, and the reactions I might get from others.
In three words, I felt exposed. I felt naked. But guess what? When I did it, the fear started to vanish.
It was as if the fear was never there in the first place. Fear is never as bad as we make it out to be!
6. It’s better than over analyzing what you want to do.
You know what happens when you start over analyzing something? You stress yourself out.
You wear yourself out, you worry, you over think, you make stuff up in your head, and you over exaggerate. What an imagination our brains have!
But seriously speaking, there’s only so much analyzing you can do.
At some point you’re going to have to kick your ass into gear.
At some point you’ll have to put the key in the ignition, start the engine, and push the pedal. You can’t do that with your mind.
7. Procrastinating won’t get you anywhere.
“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” – Mason Cooley
Getting started is easy, simple, and doable. Yet procrastinating is also easy to do. Ironic isn’t it?
But the truth is, delaying what you’ve been dying to do isn’t going to benefit you. At best, it’ll hinder you in more ways than one.
Remember what I said earlier about what we do everyday is a habit? Well If you procrastinate enough, that habit will creep into other parts of your life as well.
If you procrastinate with simple things, you’ll procrastinate with harder things. One leads to another.
Start small If you must, but at the least you need to get started.
8. The last thing you want to do is regret not starting.
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
Regretting what you’ve done is one thing, but regretting what you’ve never done is another.
Lets be honest, regretting what you haven’t done is so much worse. Especially when it’s something you’re adamant to do.
You don’t want to be that person who regrets it 30 years from now, do you?
9. You can adjust your actions along the way.
Ready, aim, fire! You’ve heard of the saying, right? Well what happens if you spend all your time aiming, and not firing? You’ll never hit anything!
That’s basically what you’re doing by thinking too much and not getting started.
Ready, fire, aim should be your approach. You might not get it right on the first shot, but you can adjust your aim as you go along.
10. It’s better to make a mistake than do nothing at all.
This ties in with the last point I just made.
I don’t like to make mistakes, you don’t like to mistakes, nobody likes to make mistakes. But nobody’s perfect so it’s impossible not to make a mistake.
As great as computers and smartphones are, even they can make mistakes! You can’t get away from it. And that’s OK.
Just be sure to get started on whatever you’ve been delaying for so long.
And when you do make a mistake, learn from it and get it right the next time. Then you’ll be way ahead, I can guarantee you that!
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Theo Ellis is a self published author, personal growth blogger, and entrepreneur who’s been committed to entrepreneurship after being made redundant. He loves to help others and give the best, straightforward advice on his blog – justbereal.co.uk
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.