Are you waiting for the right moment? Holding out for a more convenient time? Expecting the perfect someday to arrive before you make your big move? If so, your waiting will never end. That ideal someday hoped for doesn’t exist.
While we hold out for that fairytale picture-perfect day, our meaningful goals and difference-making projects aren’t completed. Problems go unsolved. People in need aren’t reached. Important work remains undone. This is why it’s imperative for each of us to start today.
What Prevents Us from Starting
Several factors interfere with our desire to begin:
The size of the task before us can look like Mt. Everest. It’s intimidating. We wrestle with unfamiliar terrain and all those things we don’t know about what’s ahead.
Fear usually plays a significant role in holding us back. Stepping outside the comfortable box we’ve made for ourselves is scary. The journey requires that we face those risks.
- Limited thinking
We get caught up in thinking there’s only one way to achieve our goal. Or we think we must go all in. As a result, we fail to see other options.
We have seasons in our lives when all we can do is focus solely on what’s in front in us. But much more often, what holds us back is negotiable. We just have to look for those things we are able to do instead of concentrating on what we can’t.
The First Step
According to Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Big goals are not achieved overnight. Regardless of what circumstances we find ourselves in, chances are we really can take a step in that direction today. And then another tomorrow.
Start today. Start before you’re ready.
Look for Options
Our efforts don’t have to be all or nothing. Instead, we can identify manageable steps to break the larger process down into. Consider the following questions:
- If you cannot change careers today, can you start a side hustle on your time off from the day job?
- If you can’t afford the time or financial commitment to go back to college, can you enroll in one online course? Can you start reading books in the area of your interest? Can you listen to related audiobooks or podcasts on your commute, during exercise time, or when working around the house?
- If you can’t run a 5K today, can you walk around the block?
- If you can’t start a bike ride across the country yet, can you pedal across town and back?
- If you can’t commit full-time to volunteering, can you do it for a few hours a month?
- If you know what you want to do, but don’t know how to get there, can you start researching and creating a plan today?
- If you can’t commit to writing that book yet, can you prepare an outline? Can you get up an hour earlier each morning to work on it?
Do What You Can Do
Overwhelmed? Overanxious? It doesn’t matter. Begin. Do it anyway. Take that critical first step today. As John Wooden said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
For more on why we should begin today, download the free e-book, my manifesto, Defy Someday’s Lure: Stop Waiting and Start Today at www.tamelapitts.com.