This seems like such a simple concept and yet this state of paralysis is the exact place I find many of my new clients. They know there must be “something more” but they suffer from opportunity paranoia – afraid to step out and make a mistake.
As my friend Carrie Wilkerson – The Barefoot Executive says we become paralyzed because we’re “fixin’ to get ready to get started to get going.” She likens it to revving the engine in the driveway and will readily ask you “Are you done getting ready?”
You need to start.
I have a love/hate relationship with writing. I can’t not do it but I incessantly resist it. Want to know my biggest, most effective secret to finishing a blog post, academic paper, letter, email etc?
That means I open up a blank document. This takes about all the energy I can muster just to take that small step. And it took me forever to realize how often this works.
This simple act of starting is often the exact jump-start I need. I then tell myself to write a really bad paragraph, something just awful – anyone can write a bad paragraph and that takes the pressure off of having to come up with something brilliant.
Next thing I know, I’m done. Finished. And that is a glorious feeling.
Don’t focus on the completed project – focus on the very first step. If you’re in business, don’t get wrapped around the axel about meeting a sales quota.
Focus on the first sale.
It took me a long time to learn how to finish things.
The way to finish…is to start.