Do you know which door to walk through first?
You have a dream. You’ve set your goals. You’re crafting your plans. And you’re generating ideas. And you woke up this morning all excited about the possibilities.
Then it hits you. Where do you start?
How do you decide which ideas to follow through? Who do you need to talk to? Where should you spend your money – marketing on social or buying a new design software?
Your excitement screeches to a halt. Anxiety creeps in. Maybe even self-doubt. Then bam! Paralysis sets in.
Sounds familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. It happens to us all the time. The question is, what can we do to overcome the over-whelmingness of our ideas and ambitions and move forward?
For me, when I am hit with the “I’ve got so much going on, where do I start? How do I do this?” feeling, the first thing I do is not to deny how I feel. But instead or just reacting to the “overwhelmed, can’t breathe” sensation, know that it’s actually a good thing, because I am so fortunate to have all these positive opportunities (and remember ladies, we created them). Once I start feeling calmer, and all it really takes is that shift in mindset above, instead of focusing on ALL the tasks and decisions to be made, I just pick one, and work on that. And this morning, it’s inspired me to write this post. And after that first task is done, I pick another, and so on and so on.
For me, the trick is not to really think about it and just do it, even though I may not know how to do it. This reminds me of a recent conversation I had with my friend who’s a serial entrepreneur and investors and has had very successful exits with the likes of Google, Salesforce and Yahoo. Not bad. And he says one of the biggest challenges in the way of success is the idea that you have to know everything before you do it. Instead, the key is to just try it, do it. And if you fail the first time, that’s even better. Because you will learn far more from your failures than from your successes. And at the end of the day, it’s those who can keep going who will succeed.
I’ve already succeeded in my first task: writing this post. So pick out your first task and go to it!