It’s all too easy to get caught up in one activity or another.
Suddenly it’s half a year later.
Or a year later. Or several years. Or a decade or two. Hopefully not that long though.
We all end up buried deep in our daily habits, our regular working lives, families, relationships.
And that applies to projects too. It could be work projects or personal projects. School, hobbies, various trainings or certifications and the like. And that’s not to say that learning isn’t important. It’s actually VERY important. And in my opinion, a critical part of growth and development as a person.
But after some time it’s a good idea to stop and step back and take a look at what you’ve accomplished so far. You may be surprised at how much you’ve gotten done.
You may realize that you’ve done a helluva lot and maybe it’s time to actually apply that knowledge to something more solid.
It can be the most difficult step for some of us. I know it can be for me. It takes a mixture of courage, risk-taking, confidence and creativity to really execute anything well. So where do you start? How do you just put yourself out there in the vast unknown with no idea where you could end up?
Well, it’s hard to say this nicely so..
You just do it.
Get over yourself, get out there and do it.
What does that really mean? It very simply means to take action. Be vulnerable.
Whatever that may mean for you. It doesn’t have to be a huge step right out of the gate.
But one step forward is how you start anything. And everything. It all starts with one step, one action, one goal, that brings you closer to completing that project, finishing that book, or going out into the world and taking that training you completed and making something of it.
One super simple way of going about this is making a list of all the major milestones that need to happen within one project. Then take each of those milestones and break it down into smaller steps that will transition one to another. If you need to, break it down even further. Then take that first concrete step that you wrote out and do it.
You’ll be surprised to find that once you start something, you are more motivated to keep doing it and finish.
As of late, I have been able to finally catch up on the backlog of emails, podcasts, magazines, internet articles, and even a couple of books I’d been stuck on.
And it feels SO GOOD.
I have this terrible habit of hoarding information like a crazy person. And then it gets really daunting seeing it all continually pile up and not really do anything about it. Except download more. Or buy more books. (I still love buying books though. That’s not stopping.)
It feels like a (digital) weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It was a huge relief after tackling my pile of “readables” and trainings (online webinars and videos) head-on and now have a much lighter, cleaner plate.
Now I can get back to my ever growing pile of books. At a leisurely pace.
And also go forth onto my next actionable step of taking all that training and knowledge and applying towards getting real results. Stay tuned for more on that.
If you’ve been working on a certain something and putting off the finale or you’ve hesitating to buy that training course or follow through on that promise you made, well, just start now. That could even mean just crossing it off your to-do list by simply being honest and admitting that it’s never going to happen. It’s still taking you one step closer to where you need to be.
If you agree or know someone that may need that extra push into completing the goals that they’ve been stuck on, then click that ‘Share’ link at the bottom of this post!
Until next time,