With the blessings of Ganesha, this Ganesh festival I start my regular blogs with the Title “Sunday Sunshine”. The first topic to be covered is an interesting one, it is “Get started” popularly called as “Shree Ganesha” in the Indian context.
Why do we hesitate to begin or to get started? This question has been lingering in my mind for long and I have come across a number of easily implementable solutions. Before we discuss the solutions can we just give a thought to “What if the Wright brothers had not started with the idea of making an airplane?”, “What if Thomas Edison had not started with his brilliant idea of making a bulb?”, “What if McDonald had not started with a chain of yummy eateries?”, “What if someone had not started to make a chair?”, “What if Valmiki had not started writing RAMAYANA?” and the list is endless.
Lives of people in this world would be far from convenient, without an airplane to travel at tremendous speed, without the electricity to get work done easily rather than stumbling upon in the dark, the taste buds would have missed the yummy McDonald’s burger, squatting down on the ground for every single task would be really cumbersome without the chair. The teachings of “The Ramayana” which enlighten the world to live better lives, would be terribly missed.
The world is a much better place because these people “Got started”. They started working on the very idea they were passionate about. You and me, too have some brilliant ideas popping up in our minds but the difference is we never get started. Someone wants to write a book, someone wants to make a beautiful painting, someone wants to start a new business, someone wants to serve the nation, someone wants to help the needy, someone wants to highlight her hair, etc. The challenge is to get started. Our wants remain our wants, and do not become a reality because we don’t take the first step and that is to start working on the idea we are passionate about.
Here are 5 best ways to get started.
1) Shed off your laziness.
2) Tomorrow never comes.
3) People’s opinions are their opinions, not yours.
4) Comparison kills your creativity.
5) Perfection is not for initial stages.
1) Shed off your laziness
Do we have any option than to shed off our laziness? The problem with us is we all want to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. But, to go to heaven, you must die. If we want the results, it is but natural that we need to take efforts in that particular direction. Is it ever possible that you keep sitting at a place and the plate of food appears from no where and finds it’s way to your stomach? You have to earn your meal. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. It is me and only me who can push myself and take action. People can motivate me for a while but my own mind has to force me to shake my lazy bones and get going.
2) Tomorrow never comes
The habit of procrastination is a big enemy. Unfortunately, we fall into the trap of postponing important things. If I need to make a painting, I need to bring the brush from the market today. I cannot wait for tomorrow because life is life, we don’t know what we have in store for tomorrow. Some medical emergency in the family might crop up tomorrow and obviously the painting brushes will find no time in the schedule. So, just grab the keys, start the vehicle and get your painting brushes right now. Tomorrow never comes and when it comes, it becomes today and that today will already have a list of tasks to be done. So, why wait, do it now.
3) People’s opinions are their opinions, not yours
People are people, a lovely bunch although, have a bad habit of giving opinions even though not asked for. Though they seem to be your close ones, I wonder how close they are. They are the ones who tell you that you are not good at it or this is not the right time to do it or you do not have all the money in the world to do it. Most of the times they are jealous of you and don’t want you to progress. At times they have a laid back attitude, they lay comfortably in their sofas and invite you to do so. Whatever the reason, it’s your life. You have decided to do it, go ahead. People’s opinions really don’t matter, moreover they keep on changing their opinions. Become successful and the same people will say, “I knew you could do it, you have all that talent”.
4) Comparison kills your creativity
We are unique and we all know that. But still, we compare ourselves to someone we know, to someone in that particular field and we start measuring our performance with that person which really cannot be justified. That person is that person, with different set of skills, different set of circumstances, different set of resources. Moreover, trying to become like somebody kills your uniqueness and your creativity. How can you compare an apple with an orange? Both are important, but both are different. Compare with your earlier performances, compare with your earlier self, to better yourself. Comparing with others will only delay the process of “Getting started”.
5) Perfection is not for initial stages
Many people don’t get started because they feel that they are not yet perfect in that particular skill or particular job. It is definitely good to be a perfectionist, but let us remember that perfection comes with practice and with time. The more time you invest, the more number of times you do a particular thing, the more you tread towards perfection. But, for now you just need to get started, so a little know how of the subject and the desire to do it will be enough to start. Then, you can keep on refining yourself and excel. The forest would be a quieter place if only the cuckoo sang. It is because all the other birds sing the way they can, the forest is a merrier place.
Make this world a better place by “Getting started” to do what you have been longing to do all the while.
The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.
Why wait? Get started.
I sign off for now. See you, next Sunday with another ray of sunshine to brighten your world.
— Dr. Anu
International Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer