How to Start So You Can Change Your Life

Updated: February 19, 2022

How do you start investing? What are the steps to start a business? How do you start online freelancing? What should I do to start a blog?

A lot of people ask me ways how to start something. And I’m often generous enough to give them the first few steps to take.

However, most would never start investing. Only a few would start a business. Those who wanted to become freelancers would stay working as an employee. And those who wanted to start a blog, often never do.

Thinking about these… I asked myself, “Why is it hard to start something new?”

If you’ve ever set a goal — save money, start investing, be an entrepreneur, lose weight, learn a sport, etc. — and then later found yourself stuck at that point of never actually starting, then read on because I have some advice for you.

Why is it hard to start something?

It’s human tendency to live within our comfort zone. Inside it, we feel safe.

We know what everything is, where they are, and we know how everything works. We have a routine and we like it that way.

I heard someone say that the reason why we prefer living this way dates back to the Stone Age. A time when, if someone ventures outside the cave and into the dark unknown of the jungle, they’d often never come back.

In those early days, to stay alive, it’s important to remain safe within familiar territory, or risk being eaten by wild beasts.

That belief got stuck in our subconscious, and that’s why today — we opt to avoid risks and stay safe inside our comfort zones.

But if you think about it… we then perhaps, owe the progress of our civilization to those who were brave enough to explore into that unknown. If not for those who went outside the safe area, then we’d never discover and learn about new things.

I believe it’s essential to take on challenges and face our fears if we want our life to become better. In a similar sense, this is the only way we can progress.

Change is difficult and scary.

It is indeed difficult and scary to do something different, to try something new.

But once in a while, we become curious, we get inspired and motivated, and we decide to try. And this brings us to that crucial step… making our first move.

However, this is also the time when most people become paralyzed with fear and eventually, end up with many and different excuses for not starting.

When you let the fear of failure cripple you, if you begin caring about what other people will think and say if you fail, then you’re essentially giving up on living the most out of your life.

And that is for me, a sad reality, which I see in most people.

Work on progression, not perfection.

Have you ever wanted to try something new? Planned on starting a new project? Resolved to learning a new habit or a new skill? Then here’s my advice.

When you find yourself at the edge of your comfort zone, go ahead, and just take one step forward.

In other words, simply do what you can, wherever you are, and with whatever you have.

Don’t let the lack of resources, knowledge, or even time, hold you back from starting something. The key is to work on progression, and not perfection.

Things will never be perfect, but it’s perfectly okay to start nonetheless. Just be creative and resourceful, and act despite that sense of uncertainty.

Believe me when I say that things get progressively clearer and easier once you start.

So go ahead and open that investment account, draft that business plan, write that first chapter of your book, buy those training shoes, register that domain name — take that first, small step towards your goal.

And then… take another small step, and another, and another. Build your momentum with each step and you’ll notice that the pieces you need to complete the puzzle will start to appear before you.

This strategy has worked for me, and I know it will work for you too.

Imagine your goal, and write the things you need to do to reach that goal. Then break it down into smaller and smaller steps until you end up with a daily to-do list.

Next, set aside everything and simply focus on doing the first few items on that list. Do at least one item every day. No excuses. Just do it and start.

Again, remember to work on progression, not perfection. And if you want to succeed in life, the most important thing to do is to simply start.

Make that small step forward:

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2 comments

  1. It is said that “opposites attract” and that very well may be true in marriage. During the 5 1/2 + years of marriage to Beautiful Bride, I have observed how risk adverse she is. Many folks get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) in the market. My wife, on the other hand, has a sever case of being risk adverse. She has not yet sat with me to really learn how to control stock market risk with the use of options as a hedge.

    The many business plans she has written for others over her two decade and counting career as an academic writer gave us a great base to help decide what business may be best for us. My wife never wanted to involve others in starting her own business because she did NOT want to be obligated to pay back loans should there be a failure. I guess that is where my attitude of taking smaller, and controlled risks and my constant reminders that we have ZERO debt, we own free & clear everything we have including our home and we have extra cash on hand to do a test run.

    Beautiful Bride finally broke down when I handed her the equivalent of one of my Social IN-Security checks and assured her we would be fine if it all disappeared. Actually, I was very confident in her business plan that even if things did not work as we expected, most if not all of the cash would come back. The rest is history and I am both proud for what my wonderful wife has accomplished and at ease knowing she and our troops will be well provided for in the future.

    Not all of my wife’s business desires have come to fruition. There has been many changes within the academic writing industry over the past six or seven years. Pay was decreasing for a long time and the only way to earn what a writer used to earn was to work more & more assignments. My wife thought about starting her own writing company where new writers could get both employment and on-going training to improve their skills and earn more. She started a Facebook groups to teach the basics and hopefully develop some great writers that may one day work with her. It grew rapidly to a point where she had to often repeat sessions to get new folks up to speed.

    My wife evaluated test samples of her groups work and flat out told many folks that they were NOT ready to take a pre-employment test with the major companies in the industry. I guess they thought how hard can it be? They went ahead and took tests and sure enough, they all failed. You are allowed to re-test but all most all companies make you wait for a period of time (I think about six months is average) before you may re-apply and re-test. The consensus of most students that did this was “it is way to hard” and they quit the group. One young lady stood out. She really wanted to learn but was limited to working on a cellphone. The last my wife heard form this girl, she was able to use what she had picked up from the group and begin earning as a copy writer and yes she had to start her writing career on her cellphone.

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