Success Principle # 63
“Start Now! Just Do It!”
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so?Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court
There is no perfect time to start. If you are into astrology and want to have the stars aligned on the day of your wedding or the day of the launch of your new product line, or the day to begin a concert tour—that’s fine. But, for everything else, the best strategy is just to jump in and get started. Don’t keep putting things off waiting for the absolute right set of circumstances before you begin. Just start. You want to be a public speaker? Fine. Just schedule a free talk at a local school or service club. You want to be in the restaurant business? Go get a job in a restaurant and learn the business from top to bottom.
“First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.”—Ray Bradbury American author of science fiction and TV Shows
Now, we do not advocate that one just goes and undertake some task that he has no knowledge of. We are big proponents of education, training and skill building. If you need more training, then get it. Sign up for that seminar. Engage that coach or mentor to get where you want to go. Quit waiting until you are perfectly ready. You never will be. Most of life is on the job training. Some of the most important things can only be learned in the process of doing them. You do something and you get feedback—about what works and what doesn’t. If you do not do anything for fear of doing it wrong, poorly or badly, you never get any feedback, and therefore you never get to improve.
How To Get Started
“A journey of 1,000 miles must begin with one step.” — Ancient Chinese Proverb
The key to success is to take what you have learned and put it into action. You cannot do everything at once, but you can begin. Take 100% responsibility for your life and your success, clarify your life purpose, decide what you want, set specific and measurable goals for all the parts of our personal vision, create affirmations for each one of your goals, and begin the practice of visualizing your completed goals every day. It would be wise to have an accountability partner to keep you on task. Then begin taking action on your most important goals every day. Pay the price by doing whatever it takes. Ask for whatever you need with no fear of rejection. Ask for and respond to feedback. Commit to never-ending improvement and persist in the face of whatever obstacles may come up. Finally, work on developing your money consciousness.
And, remember…There are no overnight successes. Once you start moving and producing results, all manner of things begin to happen that will take you further and faster than you ever imagined. Once you’ve committed and begun, you will experience what scientist, inventor and philosopher Buckminster Fuller called processional effects that are byproducts of just getting started. If you aim in the direction you want to go, start, and keep moving forward, all kinds of unforeseen opportunities will grow out of that motion.
Go Get Started
Friends, this is where the information, motivation, and inspiration stop, and the perspiration (provided by you) begins. You and you alone are responsible for taking the actions to create the life of your dreams. Nobody else can do it for you. YOU have all the talent and the resources you need to start right now and eventually create anything you want. I know you can do it. You know you can do it. So, go out there and do it. It’s a lot of fun as well as a lot of hard work. So remember to enjoy the journey!
Have a productive day!
“Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were.” — Richard Paul Evans Best-selling author of The Christmas Box
“Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get p, no matter how many times you are knocked down.” — David McNally MLB Pitcher (lefty)
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” — Charles “Tremendous” Jones
“Perseverance is genius wearing a disguise.” — Mike Newlin NBA Basketball Player (retired)
“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed.
No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined.
No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled.
No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined.”
— Henry Emerson Fosdick