I have wanted to start a blog last year, 2018. I would brainstorm to think of different blog names, topics, and ideas. I’d write down words and see which ones strike me. This went on for months and months. Until finally, I told myself “Girl, quit stalling and just buy the damn domain already.”
“The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.” – Steven Pressfield
I didn’t feel completely prepared then, and I am still learning the ropes. But guess what? If I waited until I was fully ready, I would never have started. This happens to a lot of people, whether they are starting a business, pursuing a career, moving to a different country, or doing anything that’s out of their comfort zone. Most of the time, we let the unknowns hold us back from doing the things we are passionate about and going after our dreams.
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman
I am not saying to go and do your passion projects unprepared. Of course, you’d still have to do your research, brainstorm, plan, and prepare the things that you need. But know when you have done enough to start. Below are some mindsets to get you going:
1.Don’t strive for perfection
As much as we’d want to implement our plans as perfectly as possible, we must remember that we don’t know a lot of things, especially in the beginning. Most circumstances are out of control, and we can only do so much to prepare for all possible scenarios. Given that, don’t be discouraged. Stumbling blocks and challenges are always part of the journey, and that’s ok. Sometimes, good enough is good enough. 👍
2. You cannot please everyone
There will always be someone who will not like you, ridicule you, or insult you, no matter how good you are at what you do. There are people who will always find fault in you. So I say it’s a wasted effort to try to cater to everyone.
3. Start small
Our goals and dreams may seem so big and grand, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Don’t think that you need to start with a bang right away. Start small if you need to, and work slowly towards your goal. Just start with one small step, and take it one step at a time. This will give you the momentum you need, and you’ll have gone far ahead already before you know it.
4. So what if you fail?
Our fear of failure often stops us from even getting started. But realistically, most of our worries are all in our heads, and we perceive them to be super bad. Ask yourself objectively, “what happens if I fail”? You get your ego bruised and probably wasted some money? But if you learn from your mistakes, it isn’t wasted time at all. Learning from failures makes you a stronger, better person.