Inspirational quote by Napoleon Hill, rendered in whimsical cursive on a soft pink background by Melanie Stimmell, stating "Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start

Never has this been more true for me than in this moment.

How many times have you had a great idea or project that you’ve put off starting because it just seems too hard? Or maybe it doesn’t seem ‘that’ hard but for some reason you keep making excuses as to why you can’t get started? Be honest. No judgement.

But let’s be real…this is a project you dream about, right? You’ve been thinking about it a while and you know if you could just get it off the ground, it would be spectacular. I know it would! I believe in you!!! So what’s holding you back??

It’s a universal truth that the journey to that first step is the most grueling and difficult. It’s full of all these mind booby traps that we actually set for ourselves. There are obstacles that seem completely insurmountable because our mind doesn’t want to be overwhelmed with the task. So we make up a million reasons why we aren’t ready. But if we really think about these reasons/obstacles, they aren’t so insurmountable after all.

Elegant cursive handwriting of the quote "start where you are. use what you have. do what you can. -Arthur Ashe" on a whimsical soft pink background.

Here are some steps to just start on the starting…

  1. Make a quick plan – don’t draw this out into a two week, color coded & alphabetized report. Just jot down your big idea with some bullet points. This can be a 10 minute brain dump.
  2. Do some research – This may involve seeing who your competition is, seeing what equipment you need to make it happen, gathering resources, etc. Whatever it is, take a few hours to delve in and get it done. You may want to implement step 3 for this – actually, skip the ‘may want to’. And go straight to ‘I’m going to’.
  3. Schedule it – I always say, schedule the scary. Why? Because it works. You’re more likely to follow through with something if it’s on your calendar.
  4. It just has to be done – This is an important one so I’m using all caps, but I’m not yelling at you :). IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT, IT JUST HAS TO BE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!Please say that out loud and really understand what that means. Give yourself some grace. No-one runs out the gate with a perfect product, course, etc. There are always tweaks that happen after that first run. Doesn’t matter what we see on the surface, you can bet that whoever created this seemingly perfect product has since made some changes or advancements because they didn’t think it was perfect when originally released.
  5. Believe in your idea – Ok, this can be a hard one. But I want you to keep that ‘quick plan’ you made in step 1 and I want you to add to that. I want you to write down why you think this is needed, how it will change the world for someone, why it’s unique and superbly special, what made you want to do it in the first place.
A graphic featuring a five-step plan colored in soft pink tones with a hand holding a paintbrush over a canvas painting surreal pink flowers, accompanied by motivational text steps.
Inspirational quote on a whimsical pink background: "the first step is the hardest in every journey of dreams. there is nothing else to fear, and whoever has shown the tenacity to begin