Without a driving force ideas are simply ideas. Find that force, and discover the possibilities…
Have you ever had a burning desire to start something magnificent, but then felt overwhelmed with all the details? Still working the 9-5 job while wishing you were selling your hand-crafted jewelry online? Want to learn to code with ease? Balance a spinning basketball on your finger? All these skills start somewhere.
Not sure where to begin? Or where to turn for help? These questions could make it easy for some people to become discouraged and eventually talk themselves out of what could be a great experience. I know a couple of tricks to help you get started. Not tricks as in trick-or-treat, but common sense tactics we often forget about.
“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.”
Getting started is one of the hardest steps, but once the decision is made and the ball’s rolling, the rest just falls in place with a little follow-through. Momentum is the key to success. I’m here to tell you how to get that momentum going. Here are five steps that will help you get your project off the ground.
1. Get excited again!
Remember, this project is something you’ve wanted to do, but didn’t have the time, money, or means to do it. Excitement helps the process flow infinitely smoother.
With excitement, these seemingly huge obstacles become easier. Do you remember why you wanted to learn how to spin a basket ball on your finger in the first place? Was it to impress your pals? Self-gratification? Whatever it may be, you’ve wanted it for a long time now. The waiting stops today. Use excitement as the driving force that moves you towards your goals.
2. Visualize your goals.
Imagine! Close your eyes, (okay read this first, then close your eyes.) Imagine what you see as your end result. It may go something like this…
I’m standing in my back yard, bouncing this perfectly balanced 22 ounce ball feeling the wind move through the air creating just the right breeze as I place the ball in my hand resting on my fingertips. And just like that, with the flick of my wrist, the ball begins to spin. I grin…with excitement!
We all know spinning a basketball takes practice, but doesn’t the end result sound wonderful? That’s the motivation that needs to be remembered and visualized often throughout your process.
3. Tell everyone.
Tell everyone about whatever it is you’re excited about.) Networkand convey to your family, friends, co-workers, to everyone you come in contact with about what you have going on. Social Networking is a great way to get a message across. Just ask our very own Jen Busfield. Telling people your desire helps you commit to your intention. By announcing your objective you let people know you are expecting to spin that basketball. Can you picture it?
4. Take action—one small step at a time.
Every big project can be broken down into smaller, bite-sized steps. Buy that basketball, come up with your company name, and create a to-do list. Small actions stung together turn into big results.
5. Always keep your vision in mind.
Imagining the end result and taking action are all very basic steps everyone should take when getting started. Imagine how happy you’ll be when you sell your first widget online, rather than sullen and passive because you’ve decided to keep thinking about telling people what’s in your head. We feed off energy of others. If you’re excited, others will be too. Keep that excitement alive by remembering why you wanted to start this in the first place, and remember it often.
These steps are really very basic and will help you throughout the entire process. You are the driver of this ride…make it a fun one! You are capable of more than you think, let limiting thoughts go.
You’re lane’s wide open….it’s up to you to drive.
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