There is great pleasure in the beginning stages of a new project.
You’re full of energy and ideas, getting carried away with possibilities and potential.
But at that point, the real work hasn’t even started. You haven’t had to fully commit and you haven’t faced any challenges, those are 2 things that come with time.
So, often we get drawn into starting something new because it feels good in the beginning. However, that feeling won’t last.
It’s often much more useful to stick with what you’ve already started, commit to it and over come the challenges you face along the way.
If you can’t find a way to commit to one thing, you’ll find yourself starting over and starting something new any chance you get. You’ll even convince yourself that the projects you start aren’t worth following through.
At the end of it, you’ll have nothing to show for yourself because you didn’t commit to anything for long enough to really make a go of it.
On the other hand if you stick with one thing and give it your all, you’ll have a much higher chance of actually bringing your vision to life, which is the reason you started in the first place.
It’s now a full week after New Year’s Day.
How are you goals, resolutions or plans coming along?
You might find that after 7 days you’re still enthusiastic and motivated or you might have found that you’ve lost steam.
If you resonate with the latter then it might be useful to ask yourself why?
Why after such a short period of time are you no longer committed or dedicated to the things that you were overflowing with excitement about less than a dozen days ago.
This could be the perfect time to call yourself out and acknowledge that the new year was not enough to change you into a brand new version of you.
There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact I’d say that’s the case for most of us.
Forming new habits or committing to new projects isn’t easy when you’re used to doing things a different way. And so the challenge or the work is to find a way of implementing new habits that works for you.
Great advice in 5 words.
So many of us want to be successful or achieve certain goals but what are we actually doing about it.
You might think you need another personal development, business or self-help book. Another conference, podcast episode or online course.
When you’re consuming with the goal of applying it to your own work, projects or goals it might be useful to check in every now and then and ask yourself ‘Is this helping me reach my goal?’
If the answer is no then stop trying to collect as much information as possible and start doing whatever your thing is.
It’s easy to think that more is always better but if you’re not doing anything with the information, what’s the point?
I think for some people fear comes into play. They say ‘I’ll start when I know more about it’ but there will always be something new to learn.
I think a pretty good approach is to just start and keep learning as you go. It might be scary but I bet you it will be worth it.
It always feels good to start projects and make plans (at least it does for me anyway).
But what’s the use in making plans if you don’t follow through.
That really good idea you have could actually be something in the physical reality if you’re willing to bring it to life.
To want and do nothing is of no real use.
It creates a cycle of excitement at the possibility and disappointment at the outcome of nothingness.
Everyone has plans whether its passing thoughts or things you dedicate your daydreams to but if you really want the plan to become part of your reality then you kinda have to do something about it.
Sometimes I wonder about the people that read my blog.
How old are you?
What do you do for a living?
Are you into fashion (I am!)?
What do you like about my blog?
What do you want to see more of?
Some of those questions are worth asking more than others but overall I’m not sure that I can say it’s information that I need.
It’s just my curiosity.
Sometimes when we’re working on a task or project we focus too much on things that don’t actually add to the work that we’re doing.
Granted sometimes they do add to the work but if the majority of my effort or time is going into something that is only a small part of the work overall, then I wont end up with the result that I really want.