Start where you are...  or As Nike says, "Just Do It!"

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe's quote above has so much wisdom in very few words. It hits home because so many people do the exact opposite. They procrastinate. they wait. And then wait some more. Big mistake.

How about you? Have you been guilty of waiting and never finding 'just the right time?' I know I have. In some ways, it is just human nature. When you don't know the outcome, you hesitate. The unknown is fearful. And your subconscious wants to protect you against any pain. So it tells you, find something else to do or quit immediately. It wants you to stay in your comfort zone.

You cannot do that if you want to succeed. So, like the quote says, start where you are. You need to get moving. The quote is the answer to an internal battle we all fight from time to time. Like it says on every page of this website: Life is primarily a mind game. The question is what are the rules? And who will win? The fearful you or the you going for your dreams? just have to stand up to your negative self.

Fighting this battle could very well require using more than one strategy from the toolbox. For instance, you can use The 5 Second Rule at all times. Or, perhaps Timer. Or maybe all of them. Sometimes you just have to be creative. But there is no doubt you have to get moving.

It would be wise to read the Slight Edge Philosophy and the Daffodil Principle on this website to get the right attitude with the right expectations. Let's see what steps we can come up with that make sense and will help you succeed. And we will assume the worse case scenario - you're not motivated.

The quote says "Start where you are." Alright, if that is the case,
what should you do and how should you do it?

The Process:

  • Have paper and pen handy.
  • Write down the quote you're about to work on at the top of your sheet of paper.
  • Start with item #1 (actually, take the time to write each number down so it refers to the same item on this web page).
  • Start answering the questions or taking the steps recommended.
  • If one of the items listed does not apply to you, simply write N/A (not applicable).
  • Work until you have completed all of the items.

Let's get to work:

  1. First, break your goal into many small, easy-to-do steps. This is especially important when you are not motivated. And, if that is the case, it will help to use The 5 Second Rule strategy as often as necessary.
  2. Then take the first step. Remember to focus only on this first step. Nothing else.
  3. First step done? You know what to do...take the next step again focusing only on the step and nothing else.
  4. You must plow ahead. And as the quote says, "Use what you have." And I will add, if you need something you don't have, figure out how to get it.
  5. Be patient if necessary. Certainly, like the quote says, "Do what you can." But know that in bigger goals, it takes time to succeed. And there will be frustrations. But if you remain persistent, the odds are in your favor. People usually fail because they quit too soon.
  6. Remind yourself why you want this dream.
  7. Check out the internet. How did others who succeeded in reaching a goal like yours do it? What resources did they have? What steps did they take? The fastest way to success is to model people who are successful.
  8. You've come this far. Keep taking the small steps until you win. Each step you accomplish is one step closer to success. Add a few successful steps together and you build momentum. When people see you working so hard, they want to help. The good ones do.
  9. It's amazing how things show up when you need them. Not always, but a surprising amount of the time. Remember the saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." That does happen from time to time. Or the saying, "The harder I work, the luckier I get." That, too, rings true. Be on the lookout for a teacher.
  10. Along the way, ask yourself if you need to use another tool from the toolbox on this website.
  11. When you succeed, be sure to celebrate.

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