Motivational Monday #99 Start Where You Are
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
When you read the histories of successful people there are very few common factors. Some start rich, with good connections and great resources to draw upon whilst others start poor, knowing no one and with few resources. About the only thing that they do have in common is that they started.
And that’s a really big thing. How many of us have had ideas of things that we could do – songs or books we could write, businesses we could create or changes we could make in our lives and yet how many of us have not acted on those ideas? Surely for every JK Rowling there are hundreds of us with book ideas that lie dormant and unwritten.
I think it’s that we are often waiting for the perfect circumstances to get started or if not the perfect circumstances then at least something else to happen or to be in place. We tell ourselves that ‘once we have that new laptop’ we will start writing that book or ‘once this month is out of the way’ we will be able to focus on the new project. And thus our plans and ideas slip and slide further and further into the future.
The great Zig Ziglar used to say that “You can’t wait for all the lights to be green before you head into town” and he’s absolutely right. With the same thinking we need to start with what we have now if we really want to go on the journey that we are imagining in our heads.
I remember watching a documentary on the legendary footballer Pele, perhaps the greatest footballer the world has ever seen, and how he started off kicking tin cans in the backstreets of the town he grew up in not being able to afford a proper football – which is about as disadvantaged as you can get. I wonder what would have happened if he had waited until he had a proper football prior to practicing his skills?
Fortunately he started with what he had and then he moved on from there and the rest is history. And I think there is a lesson in there for all of us.
The truth is we probably don’t have the ideal resources that we want right now but surely it’s better to start with what we have than to stagnate and do nothing whilst we wait for the ideal resources or circumstances. Consider that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on the back of an envelope so you can probably start writing your book on the computer you have or even on paper! Make some headway whilst you are waiting and when the new laptop arrives it will be a bonus!
So if you have an idea for something new or some change you want to make in your life then consider that you will have some resources that you can use and whilst they might not be ideal they will get you started and getting started is one of the keys to success.
Stephen HartDevelopment Specialist, Edenchanges.com P.S. I realise that Arthur Ashe was a cricketer however I don’t know any cricket stories hence talking about Pele! Hopefully you will all forgive me for mixing the sports up a bit!