“Regardless of your age or station in life, it all comes down to one simple truth: you just have to start.” - Jon Acuff, Start
Whatever you wanted to accomplish last year, but KNOW you want to get going THIS year, it will never happen unless you start. And it doesn’t matter how talented you are, or how much money you have, or how old you are, or how much free time you have – it’s the same for everyone.
You. Must. Start.
Here’s a few things to “quit”, so you can start.
Quit Thinking You Have to Be Great
“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” - Zig Ziglar
In these days of Internet superstars and YouTube sensations, it seems like you had better be at the top of your game before you start. In fact, this may be another excuse you have used in the past: you’re not good enough yet. So you put off getting started recording that project, or writing that book, or painting that piece.
One thing I can promise you: if you just get started, and work at it, you’ll get better. You’ll be on the road to great – just because you embarked towards it. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Creative people get better when they actually create.
Quit Planning Endlessly
“If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” - Drew Houston
Perhaps you think that if you get started thinking about it, that’s a start. But it’s not. You can think while you’re doing it. Do it. I have been thinking of a new book idea for years. Finally, I decided to get off my duff and write the first little bit. Guess what? It’s actually becoming something because I started it. Now I can refine, see what works and what doesn’t. Now I actually have some momentum because it has been started.
Quit Beating Yourself Up
“You don't need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn't start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.” - Jon Acuff, Start
Regret is one of those things that follows us around like a dark cloud or an anchor. If you would just let that go and finally get started, you’ll quickly realize that perhaps regret has been holding you down all this time.
Give yourself a break. Get rid of the guilt of not starting all this time, and start now! Then you won’t have to be guilty anymore! Yay!
Quit Waiting for the “Right Time”
“Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” - George Herbert
You can wait your whole life for just the right moment to try and start, then realize your whole life has gone by and you never took the chance. I meet people every day who have let school, work, marriage, kids, and even grandkids be their excuse for not getting started with their creative work. Now granted, these are important if not just good excuses. But they likely didn’t stop you from watching TV, bowling, going out to eat, reading books, or some other hobby or thing you did when you could have been starting your artistic career.
Take advantage of this quiet time, and a new year, and start now. Don’t plan to start – actually start. Take a class. Email someone with a question of how to start. But just start already!
“When people say to me ‘I know I could do it really well, I just haven’t done it yet,’ I always say, ‘You should start doing it now, because it doesn’t get any easier.’” – Michael Lehmann, Filmmaker
Have a great week (and get started!)
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