July 2nd is the 183rd day of 2015. That means we are halfway through the year. Since the first few days of January, I have been working on building faithworklife.com. I expected to have it ready to go live by my birthday (Jan 19th!). What I did have ready by the time my birthday rolled around wasn’t horrible, but it certainly wasn’t something that I wanted to present to the public. So I didn’t.
What I did do, however, was give myself permission to slowly but surely move toward my goal of creating a positive but realistic digital destination where people can receive inspiration, encouragement, and enlightenment every day. I didn’t tell myself to “Just do it”. For whatever reason, that thought put the pressure of my entire goal on my shoulders. Every aspect of my goal seemed too far away with that approach. That’s why I gave myself permission to start.
With this approach, what mattered most, was that I was constantly and consistently working toward my goal after having started by doing the one thing I knew I needed to do. There were no rigid deadlines, only flexible ones. I didn’t think about one big goal, but rather looked forward to having lots of small impactful learning opportunities. The “Just do it” approach and my approach both lead to the same goal, but one has significantly less pressure than the other in my mind. So, if you’re like me, and feel like your dreams, although great, are big pills to swallow, just give yourself permission to start.
All you have to do is merely take the first step toward your larger-than-life goals. Don’t consider the larger goal, just consider the first thing that you know you need to do. As you work toward that first step, you will likely learn a few things that you will need along the journey toward your bigger goal. This process will still likely be a roller coaster ride, but you will at least have gotten on the ride without all the pressure of a major goal on your shoulder.
When I woke up this morning there was a serious storm passing over. Like this storm came and went, many more days in 2015 will come and go. But your dreams and goals will still remain. You will still want to get back in the gym, get that promotion, start that business, or improve a certain relationship. If you don’t give yourself permission, you likely won’t ever get started. And, let’s face it, the only thing worse than the pressure of your goal is the reality that you haven’t taken any steps toward achieving it.
182 days have passed…..but 182 days remain. After you finish this article: give yourself permission to start. Before the end of today: figure out one thing that you know you need to do to move toward achieving your goal. Tomorrow: do that one thing. Now repeat. Do these steps as many times you need to do them. Before long you will have accomplished your initial goal and probably a whole lot more.