Whenever we begin to think about starting something new, our first step is to do some research. As we go about researching we begin to ask ourselves, how do we start? The many people who have started the journey before us, all say, you just do. I don’t know about you but I often find myself pulling my hair out!! If I knew how to start then I would have started already. When people say you just start, it is hard to understand what they mean by that. What is the first step? What did they do first to get to where they are now?
They do have a point when they say just start. The first step does not have to be perfect. I’ve been on my creative journey for a while now and when I am starting something new, I still get caught up on how to start. I’ve spoken to many people and when they find out I blog, they always tell me how they have awesome ideas and want to start certain projects. They tell me they haven’t started because they think no one will be interested or they don’t know what to do to start.
To say, just start is true but, it also seems too good to be true. It seems too easy. We tend to think, if it’s so easy, then why hasn’t everyone else done it yet?
You have a point. The thing about this is that it’s not easy, it is a simple concept. It’s simple to understand, but not easy to do.
The reason for this is because it starts with you. It starts with you getting yourself out of the cycle where you ponder about getting started. You need to get out of your mind and push yourself onto that first step. The problem with this is that no one likes to be pushed to do something. When we begin to push ourselves we quickly find many excuses on why we can’t.
“If you focus on results, you will never achieve anything. If you focus on what you need to do, the results will come.” – Dixon
The hardest part is starting. Once you get all the hard ground work done and a rhythm going, it’s all about momentum from there. I am going to list what it looks like to just start. There are basic steps you can apply to get out of the cycle and start doing.
- Pour your thoughts out. It is important to get out of your head and lay it all in front of you. It’s important to not judge your thoughts. Don’t just turn away from them like they don’t exist. Doing that will not help you work through them. They will just linger inside of you blocking your every move.
- Choose something that interests you. If you are not interested in your topic or niche then your motivation will not last very long.
- Once you know what you want to work on start to brainstorm. Focus your thoughts on it and write down whatever comes to mind about that topic. This will help you de-clutter all the noise you have inside your mind.
- Once you have narrowed down on your topic and what you want your project to look like (remember it does not have to be perfect, your project will change over time) write down the first 3 steps that need to get done. These steps can be anything to help you get moving in the right direction. It could be creating your name or logo. Uploading your site or even creating your first piece of content.
- Next, set up your personal schedule. Set a certain about of time daily or weekly when you will dedicate that time to your project. We all have so much going on in our lives and work, so doing this helps you stay on top of everything and not get overwhelmed.
- Set up, ready to use positive affirmations and a reward system. This is to pump up your emotions when you need to. Trust me, there will be many times you will need to. The affirmations will help you conquer any self-doubt and your reward system will help you see your progress. Preparing for this will help you stay motivated and conquer any challenging moments. So, plan those rewards– it can be you go to an amusement park or even the movies. It can be whatever you want it to be as long as you reward yourself after achieving that goal.
- It is totally up to you how much time you want to dedicate yourself to this, but it is important to make time to better yourself. Hone in on improving any skills or learning something new, this will help you stay up to date and in a growing mentality. When you feel informed and like you are growing as a person, there is this greater drive that begins to develop inside you. You become stronger and better capable of moving forward.
- Learn how to switch your mentality from anxiety and worry to excitement. Whenever we start something new we feel doubt, fear, worry and so on. Often we mistake these feelings for what could be excitement. When we are excited, we feel giddy and butterflies in our stomachs, almost like we are going to burst. We are constantly thinking about the thing we are so excited about. What I like to do is identify what I am feeling. Whenever I feel nervous, I ask myself if there is a reason to be? Is there a way to turn this into anticipation and excitement? About 90% of the time I can. Instead of feeling hindered I am moving towards my next step.
- Tell someone or many someones! Make it public. The more people you tell the more you feel inclined to follow through. When you tell your friend or significant other, you will be held accountable. This is a healthy push to make sure you get started.
- Ask yourself what is the end game? Write down your answer. What do you want to get out of starting this new project? How do you want your life to look like? How do you want to feel and where do you want to be at mentally? Get into detail and find all the great reasons why you should start this project.
These 10 steps help you set all the possible ways to move forward. It’s like reading a book. It seems daunting to pick up a book and read it all at once. Instead, you focus on reading a couple of chapters or pages at a time. It’s this way where you get the most out of the book and you don’t feel stressed to finish it all at once. It’s the same for starting your project. No need to worry about getting it all done. Just focus on starting that first step.
Remember, ‘don’t save what you can do today for tomorrow’ –Benjamin Franklin.
Until next time,