Today’s post is a re-do, updated from a piece written in the early days of this blog. It made sense then, and makes just as much sense now.
I’ve been in conversation with lots of people lately who are having a hard time getting started. Seems like there’s always something getting in the way.
I'd like to suggest that instead of waiting for a bolt of lightning, inspiration or some apparition of a green light; rather than waiting for laundry to get done, for dinner to heat, the kids to grow up, you just ... start.
(I have no idea if the punctuation in that sentence is correct. I could have researched punctuation or called a local punctuation expert, but that seemed somewhat contrary to the point of this post.)
Be like Nike and Just Do It.
Most courses can be corrected if you decide what you’ve started on is not working well. Unless you’re sky diving of course.
Like swimming across a lake, it doesn't hurt to pause occasionally, look up and consider where you are. If you’re heading in the wrong direction, make the adjustment. If you feel good about your progress, the short time you spend in consideration won't hurt anything.
To further the watery metaphor, consider taking action in the same way one dives off a diving board. Get into position. Check to see there’s water in the pool. Plan your steps (there's only room for a couple of them) take a breath and ... go.
It's part consideration, part preparation, a little practice and dash of daredevil.
There’s a flip side to this issue though.
Maybe you jump in too quickly. It's called being bizzy. When you're being bizzy dashing about multi-tasking, folding dinner while cooking laundry and then buzzing about your bizziness, what are you not committing to? What are you not starting?
For quite some time I’ve had ideas I’d like to explore. What am I waiting for?
What are you waiting for?
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