There’s one piece of advice that seems to be repeated a lot in books, videos and blogs around entrepreneurialism and striking out on your own, and that piece of advice is:
Just do it.
Start the blog.
Write the book.
Make the prototype.
Do the training course.
Attend the event.
Ask the question.
Just do it, do it now. Now, quickly, before you have time to get distracted or over-think everything or let the tedious things get in the way of pursuing what your heart is really crying out to do.
If you want to start a blog, it doesn’t have to look perfect or have a great logo – the theme you choose really won’t make or break your early forays into blogging – so don’t waste time chasing perfection (oh the hours, God, days I’ve spent fiddling around with fonts and colours when NO-ONE WAS EVEN READING THE BLOODY THING). Just set up a blog, open up the editor and bang something, anything, out. Then just keep doing that. Et voila. You’re a blogger.
If you want to write a book – WRITE SOME WORDS. And for the love of all that is holy don’t stop to edit as you go – take it from me, you’ll never get past the first chapter. Just write some words, keep writing words, even if it’s a couple of hundred a day, whatever you can squeeze into 15, 30, 60 minutes. The first draft of anything is generally shit. But the point is, it exists. Which means it’s a billion times better than all of those novels that have never left the wannabe author’s head. And once you’ve got a first draft, you can create a second draft, and a third…. et voila. You’ve got a book.
And so on.
Inertia will kill our dreams.
This ‘do it do it NOW’ approach transforms all areas of life. Do you have a ‘to-do’ list? I do, and it feels like I’m wearing one of those Aussie hats with corks on – the tasks are all bobbing around my head, nagging me and annoying me, and it just makes me feel a bit guilty and a bit stressed. Lately I’ve been doing my best to get the tasks off my list/hat before I can even put them on there. Need to transfer someone some money but sort of can’t be bothered? DO IT NOW. Keep meaning to give a load of old clothes to charity? Go upstairs now, stick ’em in a bag and put it on the front mat. Teetering pile of washing up threatening to bring you to tears despite it not being your rightful turn to do it? Suck it upnhoney, do the chore, breathe easy once more. And let go of the anger towards the person who was meant to do it. Just do what you gotta do to get stuff done and feel instantly happier.
I’m taking this all very much to heart. And when I put it into action, life feels better!
So my advice to you today?
Do the damn thing.