How to get started?

Hey Friends,

Have you ever wanted to start something new but found yourself stuck? You’re not alone. Many of us face common roadblocks when it comes to getting started. Let’s explore some of these challenges and how to overcome them.

Permission Seeking: One common obstacle is feeling the need for permission to start. We may wait for approval or validation from others before taking the first step. But here’s the truth: you only need permission from yourself. Embrace the freedom to pursue your interests and passions without seeking validation from others.

Imposter Syndrome: Another obstacle is imposter syndrome, the feeling that we’re not qualified or deserving of success. Remember, everyone starts somewhere. Embrace the fact that it’s okay to be a beginner. You don’t have to be an expert from day one. Give yourself permission to learn and grow along the way.

Spotlight Effect: The spotlight effect is the tendency to believe that all eyes are on us, judging our every move. In reality, people are often more focused on their own lives than on what we’re doing. Don’t let the fear of being judged hold you back. Embrace the opportunity to step into the spotlight and share your unique talents and ideas.

Striving for Perfection: Striving for perfection can be a major roadblock. We may feel the need to have everything perfectly planned and executed before starting. But perfection is an illusion. Embrace the idea of progress over perfection. Take imperfect action and learn from your experiences along the way.

Indecision or Overthinking: Indecision can also hinder us from getting started. We may feel overwhelmed by options or fear making the wrong choice. Remember, it’s better to make a decision and adjust course later if needed, rather than staying paralyzed by indecision. Trust yourself and trust the process.

All it takes is a spark of inspiration and some courage to get started. Don’t hold yourself back! Remember, the first step is often the hardest, but once you take it, you open the door to endless possibilities. Focus on learning, growing, and improving as you embark on your journey.

A friend of mine recently started a newsletter after much overthinking. The name of the newsletter is long and uninspiring, and the title of the first article is very ambiguous. However, he had the courage to get started and publish it. He received feedback openly and has learned a lot just from putting the article out there. I am certain the subsequent editions will be progressively better.

There is a significant difference between those who stand on the sidelines and judge others who are doing what they wish they could do, and those who take action and start doing the things they want to do. Be the later.

Don’t just be a spectator! Get onto the field and play!