Harv Eker says that one step in the right direction is worth a hundred years of thinking about it. There are many fantastic tools to help us move forward, but nothing is ever accomplished without action. We all have things we want to achieve, but many of us are waiting until we have more time, more money, or more something. The truth is, there will never be a perfect time to get started, and there will always be a hundred excuses to put it off. You should take some action towards your goal today.
The things you will learn once you actually get started are so much more valuable than all the thinking and deliberating you do beforehand. It’s easy to identify obstacles before you start that can stop you in your tracks. You can find difficulties and challenges that might not even occur and let them stop you from even trying. On the other hand, if you come across some of these same problems once you’ve already started, you just see them as challenges to be overcome because you are already fully invested in the process. Once you take action, who knows where you will end up. You might deviate from your original path, but that’s fine – you might end up somewhere even better.
I have always wanted to write a book. I think they say that everyone has at least one book in them, but it always seemed like a bit of a pipe dream. I talked about it; I envied people who had done it; I even jotted down ideas every now and then, but I always had my excuses for why I couldn’t do it. Some of the thoughts that went through my head went something like this, ‘Who would want to read anything I’ve got to say?’, ‘I bet only about one in ten thousand books actually end up getting published’ and ‘I’m not sure I’ve really got the time or the skills to write a book’. When we talk about not living a life true to ourselves, this is exactly what we mean; we let outside influences affect our decisions about what we can and can’t do.
When I day dreamed in the past about becoming an author, the very title sounded so alien to me that it almost seemed ridiculous. That title belongs to people who are much smarter, better educated and have had much more exciting life experiences. It reminds me a little bit of when I became a mum for the first time. In the delivery suite the midwife kept saying, ‘Come on mummy, you’re doing really well’ and I remember thinking, who’s she talking to? Who is mummy? It took me quite a long time to get used to this name, and it was only when I started to really act and behave like a mummy that I felt I deserved it.
I think it’s the same with anything: the more you move towards becoming something, the more comfortable you feel identifying with it. So, if you want to be an author, an entrepreneur, an artist, or if you just want the title of being happy, start taking action towards it and believing you can be it. Those people who already are these things are not magic; they had a dream, they believed in it, and they took action to achieve it.
Think of one thing you can do right now, big or small, towards achieving one of your goals. Make a phone call, enrol on a course, reach out to someone.