Welcome again! In the first part of this piece, I shared two tips for breaking the force of inertia and moving ahead with what we need to do. First, we saw the need to lose our fear of mistakes, then we also examined the danger of perfectionism. Alright then, what else can you do to do?
3. Keep your eyes on your destination.
It’s harder to make that first move if ALL your focus is on that first move. Lift your eyes above it. See the big picture. It’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake; and it’s certainly not the end of your dream. Look beyond today. See yourself five, ten years from now and tell yourself that even if you make a few mistakes right now, they would just be some of the ‘spices’ when you’re sharing your success story later. When you stay focused on your ultimate destination, the grand picture of your dream in its’ accomplished state, many of the steps you dread today shrink to their accurate size. One of my favourite quotes goes “if we forget the ultimate, we become slaves to the immediate”. Keep your eyes on the grand prize (Philippians 3:14). You’re bigger than your first move. Make it already.
Use the stories of others as a springboard to get you going. Virtually every success story today had rough beginnings. They had to overcome mistakes and adversities. Expose yourself to the stories of those who made it inspite of overwhelming challenges. The impact will be stronger if you can locate the stories of those that succeeded in an area that’s very similar to (if not the same as) yours. Examine their trials, see how they managed to hang on. Get into their minds and pick up the thought patterns and attitudes that carried them through the dark times. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Others have experienced what you’re feeling now. Get smart and tap into their wisdom.
5. Start Small- Very Small.
“Despise not the days of little beginnings”, “Though your beginning was small, yet your later end should greatly increase” (Job 8:7). These are guaranteed statements from God himself. It is not a sin to start small. Every great accomplishment started out as very big dreams with very tiny seeds of continuously applied effort. Rome was not built in a day- that’s because the Romans spent some time making the bricks! Don’t be scared of starting small. This is important because we live in a time when everyone wants to have a ‘grand opening’. But that’s no assurance of success. Starting small has a unique advantage- you get to make mistakes (and learn from them) anonymously. As Sir Richard Branson once shared, “small is beautiful”.
I’d like to end this piece with a familiar, yet powerful advice: if you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep on moving.
Break free. The skies beckon.
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