Monday, February 20, 2012

Want to be great?



"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" ~Zig Ziglar~

So true! How many times did you procrastinate doing something because you thought you weren’t ready yet, that you needed to think more about it, or that you need to prepare some more? You keep thinking and thinking and over-thinking, then planning and searching, then making excuses that you want to be well prepared and ready for taking the right actions. And do you finally take any actions? Most probably not.

Actually, it's your fear that is holding you back. It may be fear of failure, fear of making mistakes, fear of the unknown, fear of getting out of your comfort zone, and sometimes it's fear of success. Anyway, whatever the reason of your fear, you won't be able to overcome it unless you start and take action. To achieve a goal you don't need to be professional; all you need is to have a clear vision of what you want to do and how to do it then START. You will make mistakes, so what? It is an opportunity to learn the right way to do something. You may fail; the greatest champions and the best scientists have failed but they never gave up. How many times did you have a dream and you gave it up just because you didn't believe you could do it then you found someone else do it? The only difference between you and them is that they believed they could, while you did not. They felt fear and they overcame it, but you did not. They started and they kept going toward their dreams, but you did not even start. 

The first step you take is your first step towards greatness. If you still can't start, reflect on these questions. They can help you gain clarity about what is holding you back:
1- What would I do if I had no fear?
2- What would I do if I was sure I would never fail?
3- What would I do if I believed there isn't a word called "mistakes"? There are only options with different outcomes; some will lead to my goal while others will not and I will learn what the right ones are.

Start today, look for a goal that you gave up and see which action you can take immediately to bring you closer to your goal and take it. Actions create the momentum that you need to keep going, so keep taking actions, even small ones, to keep the momentum. Your pace may differ from time to time. It is OK but never stop, for it will be hard to restart again.

2 comments:

  1. Great reflection!I agree with you that it is always important to start, even if you know you will encounter barriers. The hard part is to find the motivation to walk that first step, or maybe to define that goal. I do have that motivation and that goal right now in my life, and I am really grateful for that, but it has not always been like this. I wonder what advice would you give to someone who cannot see the way forward?

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    1. Thanks Nuria for taking the time to read my blog post
      I think that going out and connecting with people can be helpful and best of all is trying and learning new things. I think that both are good ways to find what do you want in life you may find your passion out there with someone who needs help in a project or an idea about a product or a service that a segment of people needs, or a new hobby that turns to a career who knows. Be open to opportunities life offers.

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