As someone who is ambitious, maybe just a tiny bit of an over-achiever and struggles with perfectionism- I get you.
You see that next step, that goal to improve your social media game, get your website updated or start writing that novel.
You have a super clear picture of how you want it to be and that end result is superb. The stuff of dreams! It’s going to be absolutely fantastic and the world will marvel.
Then your mind turns to, “Sounds great! When are we getting started on this?”
The beautiful vision now looms over you, it’s immense shadow blocking out the sunny warmth of moments before.
“Where do I start?”
No time… No energy… No ideas.
I’ll figure it out tomorrow.
I’ve been there too. In fact, on many fronts, I am right beside you staring up at my mountain and I agree, let’s start tomorrow.
Sorry, I decided to finish this later.
You’re still here?
Alright, fine, let’s climb this sucker.
What’s the one thing we need to just get started?
Just determine the lowest point of entry.
Let me explain:
When I was growing up we had an elderly gentleman that lived with us. Our family had informally adopted him as a grandpa and as he had no family to care for him, he came to live with us.
My dad would tell this story to me often about how Grandpa was overweight and it was affecting his health. So my dad convinced him to start jump roping by telling him he only had to jump over the rope once a day for the first week.
The second week he told him to jump over it twice a day and that was it.
The third week it was four.
The fourth week it was eight.
By the eighth week, he was jumping over the rope 128 times and had lost 15 pounds.
That’s what can happen when you start at the lowest possible threshold and then build from there in incremental steps.
Whatever mountain is sitting in front of you has a first step. After you identify that first step, don’t stop there. Chunk it down further and find the most achievable starting point for where you are at.
For example, I have a goal to write 50 articles this year. I decided to start one sentence at a time.
If you have little time, figure out what you can do in five-minute spurts.
Make it as easy to begin as possible. Stop looking at the top of the mountain and just dissect that first step.
Make it as ridiculously easy as jumping over a rope once a day.
Instead of aiming to write 1,000 words a day for your book. Set the bar at 100, 50… 20 even.
Embrace the journey, the process it will take for you to actually get there. Because if we’re being honest, you really can’t skip over it. A genie isn’t going to appear one day and grant you three wishes.
One final thought, do yourself a favor and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your goal in the end.
If I don’t end up writing 50 articles this year, I’ll still have written way more sentences than I did last year.