I’ve gotten emails and messages from people who tell me that they have a difficult time starting a project…
First of all, everyone goes through those moments, so the last thing you want to do is worry and think that the world is falling apart because you can’t seem to start a project. Relax, we’ve come a long way as a society and everything has a solution… Of course, depends how you look at our society, but that’s a different story.
What I mean is that being worried about a specific situation just doesn’t help. On the contrary, makes you more aware of the “lack of” will power, focus, or whatever it is that you’re worried about. So, I want you to first relax and start looking for solutions. Don’t crowd your mind with other thoughts that are just not going to help you.
Starting a project can be many times the most difficult part. That’s why I have these 3 pieces of advice that I think might help your situation:
Basically, write it down!
Sounds so simple, but write it down – with a pen and paper. Describe what this project is about, describe the feelings that you feel when this project will be started off the ground. Describe a many things as possible.
- Draw out diagrams
- Draw out pictures
- Describe how will this project look like
- Describe the specifics of the ideal project
- Specify the steps that you would take in order to make that happen
- Explain in detail reasons why you are starting this project
- Explain the reasons why this project is so important to you
Do you get the picture? It’s not just creating a project, it’s also about the how’s the when’s the why’s… I even suggest you look at a SMART Goal and write out the project as a goal in addition to all of the other details.
The reason why is because sometimes when we think of projects we are only exploring one small part of what this project will take. We’re not thinking about those small details that are equally important when it comes to get something started.
By explaining in detail and specifics all of the different points about the project we become either completely excited about it, or we tend to get disillusioned. That’s why knowing what you want is important, because it truly tells you if you want to do it with all of your heart and soul, 100% or if this is just an idea that you don’t really want to pursue.
Once you have all of the details of how this would work in your head, do some research.
All ideas are awesome, but most likely, someone already thought of it. Even if it’s not 100% in detail like you have written out your plan, but in some capacity.
Research is the key to uncover those other how to’s that you might have forgotten or did not include in your planning process. The research will not only give you an idea if your plan can work, but also will connect you with people who might have completed the project before.
There are so many forums, social media groups and small communities online, everywhere. They practically talk about every topic you can find. That’s why if you take the time to really research your idea you might find valuable resources.
The easiest way is simply by going on Google and finding out information about the project or products that are related to your project. Try to use YouTube and Facebook as well…
This one is on the confidence within you…
What happens if you don’t reach the results you were looking for right away? What happens if you never try?
Having self-confidence is key when it comes to starting this new project. Have faith in yourself that you can make it happen. If you have completed point 1 and point 2, then you already have a very good idea of what to do, what are some of the steps where you might need help, what are some of the areas that will be difficult for you.
Having the self-confidence to go with it is so important. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?
Even if the project doesn’t turn out to be exactly perfect at the beginning. At some point, you have to just believe and let it happen. Think of all of those emotions and feelings that you had written at the beginning. How would they make you feel when you finally reach your goal?
Let me tell you something, everyone is scared at some point. When it comes to starting a project – whether business, family, or related to any other field – people feel that scary feeling of the what ifs?
Avoid those feelings, let your mind, body and spirit do what your creativity and your heart decide to do. If this is a dream of yours, just go for it. One of my mentors says, “You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going” – Ryan Levesque…
Finally JUST DO IT!!! Don’t be scared. If you don’t start, it will never be completed. That’s why find a way to just do it. Stop thinking too much about it already and start acting on it.
Starting projects is always a difficult task. You now have 3 steps that you can take in order to avoid feeling down or upset, or not knowing where to start. Have faith that everything will work out and do it. You have no excuses anymore, you have a plan, let’s now execute it. Find ways around your objections, there has to be a way to get it done.
Best of luck in this new project!