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Starting is the hardest part.

You’d think doing the actual work would be hardest, but it’s not as hard as starting.

Why do we feel such resistance to starting? Why is it so difficult to begin?

  • We feel like we need to start the right way.
  • We feel like we don’t have the right tools.
  • We feel like we’re not ready to start yet.

What if you start and the first results you see are less than perfect? What does that mean? What does it say about you?

Once you start, there’s also some expectation that you’ll continue; that you’ll see this thing through to completion. Maybe you’re scared of that kind of commitment.

In today’s show, we explore what keeps you from starting and what’s holding you back right now.

Highlights, Takeaways, & Quick Wins:
  • Have an attitude of curiosity and think of yourself as a student.
  • Don’t attach your identity to a potential outcome.
  • Develop the valuable skill of being able to regularly put yourself in the position of being a beginner—that’s what it means to learn.
  • Don’t expect to do something perfectly the first time you do it.
  • The first step in the process is to do something poorly and then get better at it.
  • The biggest danger of not starting is wasting valuable time waiting to put yourself out into the world.
  • If you’re a perfectionist, the key is to be willing to ship at 90% perfect.
  • If your standards are keeping you from ever shipping, they’re too high.
  • Beauty is in the story of progression.
  • Don’t treat projects as tasks. Break things down further to make it easier to start.