An imperfect plan that you actually start is better than a perfect plan that is never implemented.

A few months ago I wanted to add pull ups to my daily routine. I spent 10-15 minutes online researching a pullup bar and placed an order. Now I have been doing pull ups everyday for about 2 months. Conversely my friend, who also wanted to start doing pull ups searched online ad nauseum. Reading reviews, articles and comparing equipment. He also wanted the best price. All these are prudent when making a purchase, but the point is two months later he has yet to make a purchase and start actually doing pull ups, because he wants the perfect solution at the best price.

An imperfect plan that you actually start is better than a perfect plan that is never implemented.

While I may not have purchased the best pull up bar or paid the lowest price, I started.

If I had waited until I had the perfect business plan or had perfected my craft or until the time was right I would have never started. Instead, I started with what I had and figured out the rest along the way.

“If I’d waited to know who I was or what I was about before I started “being creative,” well, I’d still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things.” - Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

3 things you can do now to get started

  1. Small steps - Pick one thing and do it today. If you try and knock it all out at once it becomes overwhelming. But, if you pick the smallest obtainable task/skill/job and accomplish it, it can snowball into success. When I first bought my pull up bar I could only hang on and couldn do a single pull up. Now I do sets of 5 and though I am building slowly, I am making progress because I started.

  2. Reward yourself - Your mind is brilliant, but your brain is dumb. Tell yourself if you write for 30 minutes you can then take a walk. You will be surprised how you can do the tasks that are hard if you tell your brain there is a reward on the other side.

  3. Repeat - This may seem obvious, but we tend to move out of the routine once we see a little success. Instead of repeating the process we try to tackle everything at once. As you check an item off your list move to the next.The important thing is to tackle each item one at a time.

As the adage goes, the best time to start is yesterday. The second best time is today. Get started.

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