Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
~ Thomas Carlyle
Have you been putting something off? At home? At work? In your personal life?
It might be tempting to wait until some mythical perfect time. Perhaps when:
- You have more time (yeah, that’ll happen)
- You feel more motivated (um, ditto).
Let’s put aside for the moment the fact that a perfect time will never come. And that your life marches on, regardless of whether you do the things you plan to.
Instead, consider the three benefits that come with starting right now.
1. You Avoid Perfectionism
If you start today, this minute, your expectations will be low. You’ve had no time to build up an intimidating idea of what you should achieve.
By taking prompt action, you focus on doing and you stop over-thinking.
2. You Break The Procrastination Habit
In many ways, perfectionism and procrastination are two sides of the same coin. The harder you make something, the less you want to do it. If it has to be perfect, of course you’re going to avoid doing it!
But once you let go of unnecessarily high standards, procrastination loses much of its power.
Starting now is the solution to both perfectionism and procrastination.
Dubious? Start something, and see for yourself.
3. You Get Closer To The Result You Want
Even if all you do is 10 minutes of decluttering, exercising, outlining your novel, sketching a portrait – you’ll still move closer to the outcome you want.
And here’s the thing. Those first 10 minutes move you further forward than any other 10 minutes you’ll spend. Because next time, it will be so much easier to get back into it. Starting really is the hardest part.
So, with these three benefits associated with starting now, it’s worth taking that first step, don’t you think?
What Will You Start Today?
- Begin working toward a goal?
- Organize your technology?
- Declutter your home?
- Take charge of your time?
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