Not everybody has a well-defined goal. But most people who do have one are usually on a quest to observe the successful people. Why? Well, in order to copy their strategies and their habits. This may sound like a great plan, but it’s not always such a clever idea as it may seem.
Learning from successful people and creating habits based on their experiences is an excellent way of keeping you disciplined and on the right path to success. But you should keep in mind that all those systems and habits that successful people use, might not be the habits and systems they used when they began their journey. This really makes sense if you think about it. In order to get started, you should focus on completely different things than when you are only maintaining your success.
Each of us has our own way of emerging out of the unknown, so, trust yourself! Your first step and the most important one is getting rid of the procrastination attitude. You can do that by creating constructive habits.
1. The Difference Between what is Needed and What is Ideal
Following successful people and learning from them is extremely important for your overall development. But remember; never compare yourself with someone who is already prosperous in his field of activity. As we already stated before, the system that you must develop in the beginning is not the same as the one that someone who is already successful uses.
If you ignore this important fact, whenever you look at someone who is already on the peak, you will get the impression that in order to take your first step, you must first get new stuff, new skills, and new connections.
Most of the time that’s not even true; to understand it better I’ll give you a few examples.
2. Wondering the World
Most people that travel consider that in order to travel smart, they have to spend a lot of money on expensive gear like bag packs, clothes, and accommodations. Even if this is important and may help you a lot along with your trip, it’s not a necessity.
You don’t need expensive shoes to start training or new dishes to start cooking healthy food. And for sure you don’t need new bags to start wondering the world. We like to think that better equipment is what we need in order to travel. But that is more like an excuse than a necessity.
3. Opening a Business
When you are just starting your life as an entrepreneur it’s easy to get trapped by details such as a perfect tagline or a crowning logo. These are indeed important but can be determined or improved later. We always plan too much and think too much before even starting putting the first brick. A close friend of mine invested a large sum of money into essay writing services, only to get a ton of content for his newly born business. This is an example of too much too soon.
We wish everything to be perfect and we forget that this is a long-term process. Here is the problem; we focus on things that are optimal but not really needed. Again, this may seem like an excuse to procrastinate from the start. Try to avoid this struggle by taking action from the beginning.
4. Eating Healthily
We can see exactly the same “struggle” when people are trying to eat healthily. Let’s say that you just committed to eating healthily and you decide to go see a nutritionist. He will create a healthy eating plan for you with a lot of organic and super-healthy foods. It’s great, isn’t it? Now that you have your plan and everything put together, it’s time to start eating healthily.
Buying all those foods and keeping up with the plan might be a pretty time-consuming activity. And in order to cope with it, you will need a stainless discipline. Most people will quit after just a few days. So, instead of trying so hard to force yourself to eat healthily, you should take everything much slower. Start buying a few vegetables each week and only implement those in your diet. Start small and simple.
5. Asserting that You Need to “Learn More” In Order to Start
Most people tend to play the “I need to be more prepared” card when they must start something new or implement a certain life-changing habit.
- You may complain that traveling without a light backpack may be almost impossible, but the truth is that you could handle everything even without it.
- Or you may consider that your successful friend is thriving because he uses certain tactics and strategies, but you forget that he didn’t use those when he started his business.
- You may envy your gym teacher and assert that he uses some mysterious supplements in order to look so good, but you forget that he has been training for the past 8 years.
Concerning yourself with all these insignificant details only prevents you from doing the difficult work. Don’t let ideas of what is ideal to counter you from getting started.
The whole point of this article is to open your eyes. When you really wish to do something you do it. It’s important to be aware of this in order to spot the excuses that your subconscious mind may be created with the intention of delaying proper action. An imperfect start may be a wake-up call for those who observe it.
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Inspired by literature and experience that she got during psychological courses, Amelia White adores writing articles about motivation and productivity. She will be happy to befriend you on Facebook
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