Getting Started is the True Power
There’s something I have been thinking, and I thought I should tell you about it.
What is our TRUE power? What is YOUR true power as an individual human being?
Is it money?
Is it connections?
Is it knowledge?
All the above are potential energies.
A lot of people have them.
Not everyone has a lot, but everyone has something.
You, with your life experience, will definitely have some money saved up, some knowledge and experience gained through the years and some intelligence.
But what’s the most powerful thing of this all?
NONE of the above…
None of these can be of any use if we do not use it.
A high-performance sports car is nothing without a driver to drive it forward.
In my life experience, I have learned a thing or two.
I learned that true power is always one thing:
The power of Getting Started.
Starting something is the most powerful thing.
Many people are more skilled than me.
Many people are having more resources than many successful people.
But the one thing that differentiates successful people from the others is that …
Successful people keep starting.
They don’t keep thinking or planning for a long time.
They just start.
I had these thoughts while I was in the shower today.
And I thought I will write a blog post about it.
And instantly, a part of me resisted doing it.
That’s the laziness inside us.
We procrastinate on things.
We tell a lie to ourselves and don’t get started.
One big devil’s advocate in this process is perfectionism.
We tell ourselves, if I do it, I will do it perfectly.
And then we never get started.
There is something called the law of diminishing intent.
If you got an idea or an inspiration to start something, your enthusiasm for it will be 10/10 when the idea came to you.
Within a few hours, it will become like 9/10.
By the end of the day, it will become 8/10.
After one week, your enthusiasm for that idea would be like 2/10.
Then by that time, you would have sold yourself that it is not a great idea after all.
What are you doing?
You are building a graveyard of dead ideas within yourself.
Ideas that could have changed the world, but never saw the light of the day.
Successful people have learned one thing from their life experience.
Did you get an idea?
Get started with it ASAP.
Successful people defeat a lot of people in their life.
They defeat the naysayers.
They defeat their competitors.
They defeat evil with good intentions.
But those things are nothing.
The biggest monster they fight every day is THEMSELVES.
The part of them that prevents them from getting started.
I came out of the shower and started writing this blog post.
I didn’t even wait till my hair dried.
Because when inspiration for something hits, it is the most effective in the next hour.
Some projects take a longer time like a business plan and execution is not as simple as this article I am writing.
But getting started with something gives it life. And it takes a life of its own.
You will be powering it with your resources, but it gathers momentum.
Got an idea for a book?
Open a doc, write the title, and write the topics for the first 3 chapters.
It will take 5 minutes.
The next day, the monster inside you that always keeps preventing you from getting started will not be that powerful.
Opening that doc again and taking it forward is much easier than starting from scratch the next day.
Got a business idea?
Message a like-minded friend immediately.
You will give it some life, and then it will pick up steam slowly.
Thinking of joining a gym and taking better care of your health?
Start researching gyms around your area and enquire about the plans they have.
There are many ways to defeat this monster.
But the best way is to get started immediately.
Apart from your success that follows after getting started, there is another big reason why you should get started.
YOU NEED TO UPHOLD YOUR COMMITMENTS TO YOURSELF …
Because when you get an idea to do something, you are making a commitment with yourself that you will do something about it.
When you don’t do it, you are breaking that commitment.
That makes you feel bad about yourself.
Your relationship with yourself erodes.
How would you feel if your friend said he will meet you at a coffee shop at 5 o’clock and then comes at 6 o’clock?
How would you feel if he doesn’t even turn up and forgets about it?
Maybe you will forgive him once or twice.
But what if he does that every time?
You won’t be friends with him anymore.
The relationship will break.
How many commitments that you have done to yourself that you have not upheld?
It is easy to make new year resolutions and make commitments to yourself. It is hard to keep up.
And every time you don’t keep up your commitments, you will blame yourself for it.
After enough time, you will feel very bad about yourself.
And most of the time you will walk with your head down.
Successful people feel great all the time because they plan something and then they do it.
Just do it.
If you do something, it will have some results.
Yes, the results are a reward.
But the best feeling and the best reward successful people get is that they feel great about themselves.
Successful people are not let down when someone ditches them.
They are not let down when their wealth is taken away.
They literally lose nothing.
Because their biggest asset is themselves.
If you make a commitment to go to the gym every day from next week and if you actually do it without missing a single day for 3 months, how would that make you feel?
You will fall in love with YOU.
You will be so happy all the time, because your best friend, YOURSELF, is dependable.
This person will keep the commitment.
This person will take care of YOU … and this person is YOURSELF.
You can count on YOU!
Don’t count on anyone else, apart from you.
Because others will always let you down.
And you cannot do anything about it, because you cannot control other’s actions.
But did you forget about the best person in your life that you can count on?
So starting today, make a commitment to improving the relationship you have with yourself.
Keep the commitments to yourself.
Forget new year resolutions.
Enough of failing yourself.
This moment is your new life.
Make a life resolution, to keep the commitments that you make to yourself.
Make a resolution that you will act on every idea that you get.
You will start seeing results in your life.
Your reality will change for the better.
You will have so much wealth around you.
You will have good health.
But above all, your relationship with yourself will be so awesome that you are happy all the time.
Once you fix yourself, you will not need friends and family.
Because there is nothing that you want from them.
That doesn’t mean that you have to be alone.
You can enjoy all the time that you want with them.
But when they are not around, you won’t need them.
Because being alone doesn’t scare you anymore.
Solitude is the art of spending time with yourself.
You will not be lonely.
You will not be afraid to be with YOURSELF.
Because there is this great person you have with you …
But that’s when you will get the best of your friends in your life.
Because they will want to be around an awesome person who feels great all the time.
Your parents and friends will feel proud of you.
They will start supporting everything you start.
That will give you even more momentum because friends and family will support you.
This new YOU will attract the dream life partner.
By this time you won’t even need a partner to be happy.
That’s what will make you attractive.
Not the beauty of wealth.
A miss Universe with all her beauty and a queen with all her wealth wouldn’t attract me if they don’t feel great about themselves.
The most attractive people on earth are the people who feel great about themselves.
People who act on their ideas.
People who keep commitments to themselves.
People who are feeling great all the time.
As a bonus, health and wealth will come to anyone who takes initiative.
But the person getting attracted to you will not be coming to you for your wealth.
They will come to you because you are a great person.
Unhappy people attract the wrong people into their life.
If you have been experiencing people around you who wreck you over, again and again … then that’s because you are yet to fix yourself.
Everything n your life will be sorted, if you improve the relationship you have with yourself.
You will be setting standards for how people can treat you.
And if they don’t meet those standards, they can get the f**k out of your life.
You don’t need people around you who drain your energy.
So where do we get started?
What’s the price for this kind of life?
A very small price.
But a difficult one to pay for most of the people.
Not next month, not tomorrow, not today.
Getting started NOW.
So if you have been thinking of something for a while, don’t let it die.
Give it an electric shock RIGHT NOW.
Bring it back to life, while it is still breathing.
And do something about it.
Even the smallest act will set a snowballing effect.
And it will make you feel great.
That’s your assignment for today.
Come back and reply to this mail and tell me how it made you feel.
A journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step.
Take that step now.
This moment is the first moment of the rest of your life.
From this moment, you can start improving your relationship with yourself.
Enough of wasting time trying to fix things around you.
Things around you are not in your control.
The more you try to control them, the more they will backfire.
Have you seen someone get frustrated about someone’s behavior?
Have you seen someone get frustrated because their car or bike is not working?
Things break around you.
That’s the nature of the universe.
But they piss you off because you are broken inside.
If you are strong, if you feel great about yourself, things failing around you will hardly bother you.
Think about this …
If you are a millionaire,
… and if you lose $10,
… you wouldn’t worry.
That’s because $10 is a small amount compared to your millions.
If you have a great relationship with yourself and feel great all the time …
And if you lose people and things in your life, you wouldn’t worry.
Any loss outside you, be it people, money, or whatever, will not bother you.
It will be like losing 0.1%.
Your biggest asset is your relationship with yourself.
That’s a billion dollars worth.
That’s a 1,000 people worth.
Imagine 1,000 men behind you ready to fight for you … THAT’S YOURSELF.
YOU will become your greatest asset.
The whole world can crumble around you and you can be calm.
Because you have YOURSELF with you.
A person that can be counted upon.
A person that will work sincerely towards their goals.
A person that will take care of their body and health.
A person that will be calm and support others around them.
So build that person starting today.
You know you are not broken yet.
You are strong enough to start turning your life around, starting this moment.
So get started
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Hi Aparna, I enjoyed reading this highly motivating post. I often get ideas and jot them down, but you’re so right that immediate action should be taken. It’s all to easy to find excuses, but just making a small start can lift your energy. I always set myself tasks for each day and tick them off as I complete them. This way my enthusiam is constant as I can see my goals being achieved. Procrastination is definitely the enemy of success. Thanks for sharing:)
You are most welcome Kathy
I absoloutly loved this article and read it thoroughly and feel very motivated to achieve those goals that I have been putting off for years. Those goals are both persoanl and financial. You are absolutely right, if you we don’t start, we don’t achieve. It’s as simple as that.
I also like the scale of enthusiasm. It’s so true how we lose motivation over time. That’s why it’s crucial to start NOW and don’t stop until you achieved what you wanted to acheive.
May I ask if I need to rewrite the new goals to bring back up the enthsiasm?
I revisit my goals every week Habib. At least I go through them and make changes if required. A systematic plan is key, I think.
What an inspirational article, Ron! Procrastination and perfectionism will always be our worst enemies. Firstly, tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. God gave us the gift of life, but he also holds our death in the palm of his hands. We should take advantage of NOW, do our work NOW, make a positive difference in the world NOW, change our lives NOW. We only have the present moment to do so. We must also not be afraid of failure-no one succeeds all of the time, but we can learn valuable lessons that will make us better moving forward (I don’t believe in losses, only lessons). When we fall, we should get back up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. Our breakthroughs are right around the corner. Let’s break through the glass ceiling now! God bless you!
Wow! That’s very inspirational Carletta. I am so proud that an author like you has found time to read my articles. Grateful.
Well, that’s a really interesting way to write a post, very nice too. I think that people get the message of starting now and if they fail to take heed of your words they may well be left behind.
Thank u David 🙂
Anyone who reads this post and is a procrastinator will surely get fired up to ‘start’ that project they might have been postponing. You have provided enough momentum for someone to get started and you have also provided the Wealthy Affiliate route which is a great way to start an online business and create passive income!
Thank u Thank u Ola
Your article is full of energy and enthusiasm. I agree with you a lot. Many people out there could have been successful but simply they are not because they never started and kept dreaming only. You are so right saying sometimes it can be laziness or fear to fail. I think two most common things. Wealthy affiliate is really one of the very few places it’s the best to start your online bussiness. I really love that community and the best thing is that you can start for free and if you don’t like it, you can simply just leave.
I really enjoy when reading your posts. Because you made my day how to start, and how to do.
I learnt a lot too in WA, especially for beginners and who are looking for passive income.
Our community and training helps a lot, everybody are willing to help while I had some questions popped up sometimes.
I hope this can share with everyone also, and let them know you can make money online during 21th century.
Have a nice day,
Thanks Ling. It is so nice to hear from u.
Lots of Love,
Thanks so much for the information. I’ve never heard that information before about enthusiasm going from a 10/10 when you think of it down to a 2/10 by the end of a week. Great insight, and good to know it is natural. It does not mean your idea is a bad idea. I had an idea this week and you have encouraged me to pursue it versus letting it drop.
Lovely Denise. Always try out each new idea because, who knows, that may have been the multi-billion idea that didn’t get tested. And the crazier, the better!
I do agree with you. A person can have all the right energies, however the laziness inside of us holds us back from getting started. Your article is so powerful and eye opener for many people who has a desire to achieve something in life. Wealthy affiliate is a great start for anyone. I’ve been a member there for five years and it’s a place of knowledge, wisdom, connection, intelligence and money. Thanks for a wonderful article
Thank u Anthony
Hello there! I enjoy reading your reviews, It is very helpful most time for me. I totally agree with everything you said here in this post; I believe one need to be committed to anything he sets his mind to do and avoid procrastination.
Thanks for sharing this to me, I learnt something from you!
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I love, I love, I love….this article. It’s vibrating at a higher frequency. It proves that you are not just saying what you wrote but you live it too, girl.
I felt your energy. I feel energized at this point.
You are so right that the moment you get an inspiration about something if you don’t act swiftly while the energy is still high you end up second questing yourself. I’ve been there so many times. I know exactly what you’re talking about.
Your article is exacly what I needed to hear this morning.
Thank you for the reminder.
Have a blissful day.
Thanxxx Maggie! I get the nicest of messages from my awesome gfs 🙂
Hi there, thanks for sharing this awesome article I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me. I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for some time, They one of the best platforms that teach one how to make it with affiliate marketing… i must sasy they are the best in the business
Glad you liked it.
I believe when you want to do something, a lot to obstacles that are really not obstacles comes running through our minds, what really matters the most when it comes to achieving anything good in life is Getting started, there’s no smoke without a fire, you need to take a bold step at first to propel other aspects.
Thanks for sharing your views on getting started. In fact, this is the most powerful true power which one can see within him. The ability to start anything new is the beginning of success. The first path towards what you want to achieve is to start working on your thought. You keep on visualising your goals and do nothing will lead you to nowhere then for the person who takes a step and get started for success. Your post represents the power of now. Really motivating blog.
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I join WA in February this year and I am amazed by the value get here. In my opinion, WA can be for both the experience marketers and as well as for the beginners too. The community is amazing and everybody help anybody; Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to learn and grow in affiliate marketing.
I like the idea of “diminishing intent” . I have not heard it described that way before. However I suppose it means people have different timescales in terms of when they are ready or convinced to take action and I am not sure how you combine those thoughts. Are they complementary or opposing do you think?
I guess what you talk about is affirmations but unless you get access to that subconscious part of the brain I wonder if you ever start. However your lines are very inspiring. I know when I have taken action it has come from my gut. Sometimes it has been spot on and sometimes it has not. Again I wonder what is the difference that makes the difference? I think it may be having the commitment to follow through. I know you talk about writing that first page of the book but do you have the power to get to the end. What stops you?
Your article really made me think so thank you and it’s a good debate. What makes some motivated to follow through and others not. Maybe it’s fight or flight in full action. Thanks for sharing.
I am so convinced that Starting Out is the main thing. The rest all falls in place …
And that is what makes Wealthy Affiliate such a wonderful place. It takes care of all the motivation required to keep going. It helps us celebrate small wins and sometimes worthless achievements. But it slowly manages to change the mind-set of a person to do better. And that is the true power of training. I can’t wait to see what’s new every morning!
But is it the laziness inside you?
I tend to think it is the monster, the one who is afraid you will succeed. It’s said that in times of crisis, the way in which people respond to adversity is just as unique as the people themselves It’s the uncertainty that usually drives people to abandon best-laid plans or stick with what they are familiar with because there is some level of comfort,
Nothing to be afraid of at all.
This post is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing this energy pill with all of us!
I think one of our greatest hurdles is always going to be self doubt, but it’s a phantom that we build up in our own minds.
It’s only as real as we allow it to be.
Thank you for giving this hope to the rest of us!
Very kind words Michael. Thanks.