Start small and build from there

We’re all out there working to accomplish something. In many cases we’re trying to accomplish many different things all at the same time. All of which are a priority and have different needs and deadlines. In our fast paced lives and world more is being demanded in a shorter amount of time. This creates some difficulties in how we tend to framework success. Regardless of what you’re trying to accomplish it’s important to start small and build from there.

We’ve all heard the term, “success doesn’t happen overnight”. However, we all want it to. For some, they want the overnight success because they think it’s easier. Others think that once they reach “success” the game is over and they can just coast. Sorry to say, but that’s not how things work. Frankly, that’s likely the beginning of the end.

The thing is that we have to make daily conscious decisions and carry out those decisions. At times we’ll succeed and others we’ll fail. Most of the time it’s the simple act of doing that gets you one step further than you were, but you have to show up every day.

One example for me was writing. By nature I wouldn’t call myself a writer, and the thought of writing a blog or book that people would read and find value in was not something I thought about. In fact it scared the crap out of me. What if people thought I was wrong or was full of it? That was a big barrier for me to get over. However, once I started writing I learned that I had a lot to say on a lot of different topics. I realized that in the last 15 years of my career I’ve learned a lot of interesting things and that by sharing that knowledge I’m helping others learn for themselves. Read that again. 15 years of work, learning, trying, failing and succeeding. Not having that amount of experience doesn’t disqualify you from providing value, and doesn’t disqualifying me from learning from others. We can always learn from others and I encourage you to be looking for things to learn in every situation.

Despite the amount of things I’ve written and published I still don’t initially call myself a writer. I’ve gotten a lot better at it over time, but most of that is because I write a lot. Sometimes when I’m done I’ll delete it, others I don’t. Nothing will ever be perfect, but the more important thing I’ve realized is that I don’t know what will connect with someone. Something I write I might not be my favorite piece, but it might resonate with someone. So I post it anyways.

The more I write the easier it has become. When I started, I was told to write 52 articles before launching the business. I remember thinking I’ll never get that done. I knocked out the first 20 no problem, and struggled through the rest. Once it was done I realized I could do it and kept writing. Doing it this way has allowed me to do more with my time to focus on new components of the business. After 4 years I have consistently put out weekly content. It’s not easy, but I feel it’s has and will continue to help others in some way.

Whatever you’re trying to do start small and build from there. Be ok with the process and more importantly enjoy the process.