Have you ever been excited to do something or create something – maybe start a business, write a book, or even do something really crazy, like cycling around the United States to collect coins? funds for a special cause?
Did you do it? Did you follow through on this urge? Or have you gotten all practical and realistic and stopped before you even started?
Dreams are very fragile things. When you are inspired by the possibility of an idea, unless you take immediate action, your dream will fade and you will regret it forever. On the contrary, IIf you think or plan something too much, inertia sets in and you never get started. You dissuade yourself from acting.
The key to achieving great things is to start before you are ready. Think less and act more. You only have to be brave for about 10 seconds to do something you fear. After that, you’re engaged, and it’s easy to continue.
Don’t worry about making mistakes because mistakes mean you are doing Something. This is a good thing. It is always time to analyze and make corrections later. For now, go ahead.
If you hesitate for even a second, your mind will begin to find excuses and justifications, and it will find countless reasons why you cannot or should not do what you know you should do.
If you have the daring, the courage to act immediately, before you even “think” that you are ready, your daring creates immediate momentum. Then great things will start to happen.
In The Scottish Himalayan expedition, author WH Murray mentionned it’s better :
Until one commits, there is hesitation, the possibility of going back, always ineffectiveness. Of any act of initiative, there is an elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills innumerable splendid ideas and projects: that from the moment we commit definitively, then Providence also moves. A whole flood of events flowed from the decision, sparking all kinds of unforeseen incidents and encounters and material aid in its favor that no one could have imagined would occur. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s verses: “Whatever you can do or dream about, start it. Bold contains genius, power and magic. Start now.
When Murray wrote this he was talking about how the simple act of booking a ticket on a ship to India committed him to pursue and be part of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition. This small act of commitment led him in a direction that changed his entire life.
Buying this ticket was relatively easy to do. But what’s easy to do is also easy not to do.
I have taken this approach all my life, and it has worked wonders for me. In February 1984, inspired by watching the Sarajevo Olympic Games on television, I decided to participate in the next Olympic Games. I was 21 and had never been a great athlete. But I took immediate action.
Within three months, I was in Lake Placid, NY, where I started learning the sport of sledding. Incredibly, four years and a few broken bones later, I was competing in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.
Here are some things you can do to build on your initial enthusiasm for an important goal or project.
1. Don’t focus on the probability of knowing if you can make it happen. The more you engage, the higher the probability. Instead, focus on the possibility of being successful and how good you will feel when you reach your goal.
2. Take the first step. You will feel 100% better after doing it.
3. Put pictures of your lens all around you. Surround yourself with images of your goal, such as on your screensaver for example. It will help you stay focused and even encourage you to tell people about it. Become known for your goal.
4. Write down your goal in the morning before checking your emails. It should only be a few words. Writing down your goals is an act of commitment that penetrates your subconscious much faster than just telling yourself what your goal is.
5. Find someone who has already done what you want to do. Ask them to be your mentor and accountability partner.
So what is it? What will you do the next time you’re excited about the possibility of doing something? Are you going to analyze it too much and ask all of your friends for their opinions until they fill you with doubt and make you quit before you even start? Or are you just going to go there?
Remember, start before you are ready. Think less and act more. Better done than perfect. Just throw some mud on the wall – some will stick and you can always clean up the mess later.
If you just do this, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.