There are so many things in life you don’t start. So many missed opportunities to give your best, show up and crush it. What are the reasons behind it you ask? Why are you not getting started? What hinders you from taking the first step?
Instead of spending countless hours and words on telling you about most fears and stories you tell yourself to keep you from showing up, your time is better spent on the two simple truths of how to get started.
The only reason you get started on anything is because you can answer the question why. You need to have clarity on why you want to do something and the why needs to be more important than all your excuses.
Let me try a simple thought experiment. Imagine one thing you’re procrastinating on, one thing you’re putting off and can’t get started on. If I would hold a gun to your head now and say either you get started or I’ll pull the trigger, would you get started?
I know that’s a really extreme example but you know in your heart you would not only start walking you’d start sprinting, right? No fear in this world can stand up to you losing your life. You’d rather go and talk to the girl, start writing the book or even go on stage.
The question remains, how important is it to you to get started? You know you wont die just because you don’t get the project done, but you might lose your job, you might lose your income and security. So work tasks are more important to you because your current life circumstances depend on it.
It’s unlikely but you could lose your job tomorrow. Probably less likely you could die. But if you did, what’s your legacy?
Why is this important to me and if I died, would I have wanted to get this started?
Lower the Entry Point
It might be difficult to raise the necessity for a big project high enough to get you started immediately. In that case you should lower the entry point. What I mean by that is lowering the scope of a project, the amount of pages you want to write a day for your book or the venue and audience for your talk.
Again I ask you to think of the one thing you want to get started on immediately. But instead of thinking about the least amount of work you could do, I want you to think about the most you could do right now. What is the highest you could go with your current level of necessity?
See the difference is in actually getting it done. If you start with too little, you’ll feel like you’re not stretching yourself, you’ll lose interest and go back to procrastination. If you set the bar too low you’ll feel like you can just step over it without challenge.
How much can I complete while still feeling challenged but not overwhelmed?
What are you going to get started on today, this week, this month? Did you enjoy reading this? I would love to hear your feedback!