“What’s crucial is to begin. Things happen and opportunities appear most often when we’re moving, not standing still. Momentum is vital. Basic physics says it’s easier to alter the course of a moving object than to start movement initially. In the end, it’s not really about finding yourself. It’s about making yourself. The first steps are the hardest, but the key to success in anything is getting started.”—Michael Josephson – Law Professor and Speaker
If you ask people what holds them back from their dreams they might answer with one of the following:
- Not enough money
- Not enough time
- Not enough education, or not having the right education
- Fear of Failure
There are numerous answers to this question, but the truth is this, the only thing that holds you back from the dreams or success you desire is YOU!
Take the opening quote by Michael Josephson. “What’s crucial is to begin.”
If you won’t take that first step then how can there be a second step, or third step toward that dream? If fear of failure is holding you back from making that first move, keep in mind that you’re not a failure if you fail, you’re only a failure if you stop or you don’t even try.
Thomas Edison failed about 10,000 times when he was creating the incandescent light bulb. Most good inventers fail numerous times before finding success. Where would we all be if everyone ignored their imagination and gave up before starting?
Someone once told me that whatever you desire, once you state decisively that you desire it, it is here. You just have to catch up with it. I love that! Anything that I truly want is already here. I will not give up until I catch up with it. There have been,and there will continue to be, failures along the way, but they are just speed bumps, temporary distractions in my journey to my dreams.
If you think about what my friend said…it’s already here…then you realize that you are already successful. You are already in possession of your dream. Hold onto that vision for a moment. You are already who you want to be and enjoying what it is you want.
So how do you catch up with it? Momentum! You have to take that first step and get moving.
The first step is to decide what it is that you truly want. Set a goal.
The key to goal setting is not to limit yourself by what you see or think will hold you back.
You don’t have to know how to get there, you just have to know that you can.
Let your imagination run wild. Remove all perceived obstacles from your mind as you start to work through what you truly want.
Allow yourself a good portion of time, say 30 minutes, where you won’t be distracted by anything, and start a shopping list.
Ask yourself, “what would I love?” Write down everything that comes to mind. When your 30 minutes are up, take a look at your list and pick out the top two or three things that jump out at you, or that you feel a strong emotional reaction to. This is your goal.
Now, don’t start worrying, “how will I ever make this happen?” That’s just you trying to hold you back again.
The greatest inventors had no idea how they were going to achieve what they set out to do. They just had a burning desire to make it happen.
Remember, it is already here, you just have to catch up to it.
The second step is to write out your goal in as much detail as you can.
- What are you doing?
- What are you feeling?
- What do you see?
- What do you smell?
- Who are you with?
Details, details, details.
The more you can imagine, the more real it will appear to be. Get emotionally involved with this process. Get it ingrained in your mind so that you can immediately bring it to the front of your mind whenever you desire.
The third step is to revisit this goal daily. Repetition is the key to making things happen.
It’s a good idea to keep a goal card with a short statement of your goal that sparks the vision you just created.
Carry this card with you wherever you go and look at it often. I’ve set up reminders on my phone at four times during the day with my goal written into the reminders. I always have my phone with me, so I always have my goal reminders. Do what works best for you.
The fourth step is to have a feeling of gratitude for this goal, as if it has already manifested. The more attention you give to it, with gratitude, the easier it will be for you to recognize opportunities opening up for you. The more inspired action you take from those opportunities, the sooner it will be yours.
Get that momentum going so you can catch up with it sooner, rather than later.