I know people who make grandiose claims.
I’m going to learn Spanish this year. I’m going to learn to tap dance this year. I’d love to move to *exotic destination* for a while. Each time they say it, I know (and they probably know) that they won’t do these things. The words are coming out, but there’s no substance behind them. They don’t mean it. There will always be a reason not to do it.
Even more worrying is that I catch myself living with the same mindset sometimes. Take this blog for example. I can’t start until I have the new MacBook that I want. I don’t know enough about WordPress, what if I make a mistake? I need the design to be finalised before I launch the page.
All barriers that I’ve put in place myself. I don’t need the new MacBook in the process of getting started. I would like one, and I’m saving up for one, but I don’t need it to start. I have this old laptop that is still working just fine. WordPress has step-by-step guides to help get me up and running. And what if I do make a mistake? So? What’s the worst that can happen? And as for the design, I don’t need the site to look fancy yet, but I do need it to exist.
There are always reasons not to do something. The timing will never be quite right, and things won’t be perfect. That’s why I like ‘Ready. Fire. Aim.’ so much. If you wait until every single thing is lined up, you won’t get going. Because the chances are, every single thing won’t ever be lined up. But, if you have enough ready, just fire. The aiming can come later. So, in starting this blog, I’ve learned a lot about myself.
You make your own barriers. All of the excuses that I was using to stop me from starting were just that. Excuses. Each one was a barrier I’d created myself, and then once I’d written them down and analysed them, each one was easy to overcome.
You can’t be perfect straight away….and chances are you never will be. I want to have a great blog. I want it to have great information, to bring people together, to help people make positive changes in their lives, to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. It’s not going to be all of those things at first, but it won’t be any of those things if I don’t start somewhere.
You have to make mistakes. We all make them. But, every single mistake you make is an opportunity to learn. If you think of it like that, you’ll never really make a mistake again – you’ll just be faced with lots of opportunities to improve!
There are people who want to help. I didn’t know where to host my site. I asked a pal, who gave me a recommendation. I didn’t understand what SEO was. A friend of mine did, and laid it all out for me. And if you look around the web, there are a ton of people who have done what you want to do, and who are willing to share.
That’s the first blog post written. I’ve officially started. As Ray Bradbury said, “you’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” Here’s me jumping…