Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. — Richard Hooker
One of the most difficult things about success is the inconvenience. We don’t want to wake up early and leave our warm beds to go on run in the cold. We don’t want to eat vegetables and diet when there are so many fast and delicious foods available. Saving money can be tough when there are so many cool products and services that promise to make your life better. You get the point. Success is difficult and it’s an inconvenience. If it wasn’t, everyone would be successful. People like consistent and familiar settings, but success often requires us to change by stepping outside of our comfort zones and doing something that we aren’t used to. Stepping outside of our comfort zone and embracing change? It’s difficult, I know.
You know what’s not difficult? Being happy because you can see your progress as you get closer to your goals. Being able to say your hard work paid off because you worked day after day on that project, whether you felt like it or not.
When we only work on things when we feel like it, we let our emotions take the lead. We’re too tired today, too busy tomorrow, and soon enough our project that was going to happen “someday” never happens.
Whether you want to write a book, train for a race, or learn how to play an instrument, start today. Don’t let excuses get in the way. After practicing our craft we can fine tune our skills to make them even better. If we never start, our dreams simply remain dreams.
Who cares if the final result doesn’t come out perfectly? Who cares if takes years to work on? If it’s something you enjoy doing, or if it’s something that’ll add value to your life, then go for it. Work on it until it’s complete. You have the chance to make a radical change in your life and have a positive impact on others. So many people take the walk of shame because they abandoned their goal and quit.
Already took the walk of shame? It’s okay, pick yourself back up and work on that goal again. Chances are, it’s been nagging you and sitting in the back of your mind. Complete your goal and give it your all. At least then, if it’s not what you envisioned you can walk away saying you did your best. Otherwise, feel free to build on it and improve, and do better than you did before.
Best of all, you don’t have to know the whole journey. Just take the first small step, then go from there. Aim for completion instead of perfection, and you will notice the difference. Just take action, and do it today.