Start now, don't deviate
Wyatt Woodsmall has a simple phrase he associates with change. "Start Now. Don't Deviate."
I could almost end the post with that elegant statement. Yet, nearly everyone I know (including me) has some sort of goal that seems difficult to approach. Something is so important, or so unattainable that it's a challenge to begin the journey.
Personally, I spent so much time not having what I wanted, that I started to believe that I didn't deserve to get what I wanted. I stopped wanting nice things. I ignored my body when it was in pain. I would ignore the pain that dysfunctional relationships put into my life. When I actually looked at my life, it was often too painful for me to accept. So I went back to ignoring.
The good news....
You can create forward progress in your life right now and you don't need to set a particularly S.M.A.R.T goal, or even know how to do the things you'll need to get there. Chances are good that your internal compass still works (hint: it is never broken, sometimes it just rusts from lack of use and needs be warmed up). If you don't know what to do, you can listen to your body for an unmistakeable cue. If you are on your way to work, or a friends house, or about to make a purchase and you feel the sinking feeling of a rock in the pit of your stomach, if you feel a heaviness about you, then it's likely you are moving in the opposite direction of your internal compass.
On the other hand, if you smile at the thought of something, if your eyes light up, if you get giddy or energetic or enthusiastic when you talk about something, then you are moving in the right direction...honoring your internal compass. You might feel a sense of relief when you do work in this direction of your life.
Armed with an understanding of pain and pleasure that is internal to your experience of life, you now know what direction to head in. It's time to pack your bags and go! Les Brown says that it doesn't matter if you're ready or not to act, act now: the timing might become perfect! It doesn't matter if all of the ducks are in a row or if everyone agrees with you. It only matters that you move now, and start to build momentum. You can course correct along the way. That's how astronauts and NASA get space ships and satellites around the solar system. NASA is off course for most of the trip, spending most of time correcting and re-orienting to the journey.
If you need to figure out specific details, just model folks who have done similar things. Emulate the habits of those who produce excellent results. Read that person's blog, book, podcast, etc. Follow the footsteps of those producing great things, surround yourself with people doing what you want to be doing, and you'll grow two-fold. You'll learn from the action of others, and you'll catch the contagious energy of excited people pursuing their passion!
To sum it all up:
- Begin creating your reality today
- Don't sweat it if you don't know how, just start moving
- Follow your gut - your internal compass will tell you what you need to know
- Emulate the people who have the success that you want.
All right folks, now you know: the important things is to start, NOW!