I am all about dreams. I am all about having an idea. Dreams and ideas are the beginning to great things. But unfortunately they are just that, the beginning. Having an idea, having a dream really does nothing for you. EVERYONE has dreams and EVERYONE has ideas but few are manifesting those dreams and ideas into physical reality. I remember dreaming about being a writer and speaker for years. I remember dreaming about owning my own business for a long time. Those dreams were great, but honestly they weren’t anything until I “jumped” like Steve Harvey talks about. They weren’t anything until I decided to actually get started. The problem is most people never start. They never jump.
A friend asked me the “how” question to everything I am doing. My response was very easy and simple “I have no idea what I am doing, I’m just committing and figuring out the details later.” As I write this blog I still don’t know how to post a podcast to iTunes, yet I have my first episode for my podcast already recorded. Ive already wasted too much of my life waiting to figure out how. Im done with it. When I started writing on January 2017 with the idea of making a blog, I waited three months to post anything due to fear. I felt like I wasn’t good enough and I was unsure what people would think. So I waited and wasted three months of my life. Then one day, someone I respect read a piece of my writing and demanded I open up my blog. My website looked terrible and very unprofessional, I had no idea what I was doing but in the first 24 hours over 250 people read my blogpost. Now to many bloggers thats nothing but to me that was incredible. It blew me away. I said never again am I waiting to start.
As I look around I see too many people dreaming and thinking and not enough people doing. I love hanging out with my buddy David, a professional photographer and videographer. Someone who did not go to school for photography or video but is working everyday to master his craft. Every time I talk to him he is either coming home from a shoot, on the way to a shoot, or editing his videos and photos. He’s not wasting his time dreaming and thinking, he’s out on the battlefield doing. He’s not afraid to try new things. This is a guy whose dreams will come true. This is a guy who everyone will call “lucky” because they are jealous of the success he’s had from the work they wouldn’t do.
I am convinced that most people don’t start because they look at themselves through the lens of lack. Thats why it took me three months to start a website and blog. I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought I didn’t know enough. I thought there was no way my writing would interest or help anyone. Many people are thinking this way about their dreams and ideas and its whats stopping them. I understand I have been there and battle with this everyday. I guess I have just decided I am not going to let my limited self belief stop me from give it my all and starting.
The other thing that is stopping people from starting is caring way to much about what people will think. I remember being so worried about what my friends and co-workers would think about me starting a blog. It truly froze me for months. My writing has connected me with people all over the United States and world. Thats the power of starting. Sometime we don’t know how good we are, or how good our idea is until we actually just start. Fully commit, then figure out the details later. No its not going to be perfect. There is no such thing as the perfect time, the perfect business, the perfect idea, or the perfect person so stop worrying about all that junk and get started!!!
What are you not starting?