“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

~Mark Twain

When learning a new skill it is sometimes difficult to find the starting point.  With so much information available just searching the internet how do you decide it’s time to jump in?

You pick a project, Google it, read about it, ask your associates their opinion, read some more. During this process it is easy to get sidetracked. Information overload becomes overwhelming. You find yourself dealing with  “paralysis by analysis“.

Well, you can’t steer a parked car.  I first heard this saying several years ago and it stuck with me.  I wished I knew who to thank for that but it has been around for some time and has been used by many people.   It says so much in so few words.  You just have to start moving in order to get to where you want to be.

For some it is fear of failing, picking the wrong path, or just plain indecision on where to begin that keeps them parked.  For me it’s a combination of all three.  The way around this isn’t clear yet but here are a few things to try.

  • Designate specific times to work on my business and try not to get distracted. Great example, as I write this I hear email coming in.  My first reaction was to check who emailed me and what they needed.  The interruption was slight but still takes me out of the train of thought.  Next email or text or… will have to wait.
  • Focus on one task and work on it until it is done or significant progress is made. Another tough one for me.  It’s the shiny object syndrome. More practice needed here.
  • Be nice to myself. We are our own worst critics, right? Sometime to keep in mind is that we all started out knowing nothing of what we wanted to do.  Some even changed what they do once they learned a bit more about what they “thought” they wanted to do.  It’s all a learning experience, right?
  • Learn to say no to the projects you know will be a huge soul and time suck. Pick the ones that inspire you to create, to learn more, and have a bit of fun!  Not all work should be work.
  • Jump in! Just getting started is hard. Don’t overthink everything.  Once you get into whatever you are trying to do you will learn if it is really you.

Start the engine!