The beginning is the most important part of the work

Happy New Year!

In the words of Plato,

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

How can you achieve great things if you never start?

Every day is a new beginning, a new day to create change, do something new, be a better version of ourselves. However, I do think there is something special about symbolic new beginnings, whether that be the new year or the new moon.

There’s a tendency within us to delay, possibly due to the fear of change or the unknown.

Do you want a healthier lifestyle, but feel like you need to read all the books about nutrition, listen to all the podcasts and go shopping for your perfect workout gear first? No. Can you do these things, whilst figuring out the best options for you and get started at the same time? Yes.

Do you want to start a business, but feel like you need to read every book, do every course and achieve a master’s first? No. Do you need to educate yourself on starting a business, read relevant books and do a relevant course? Possibly, yes; and this is part of the process of getting started.

We can find ourselves in the mindset to over-educate ourselves without any action, along with waiting for or preparing for the perfect time. This used to be me.

I discovered you will never feel ready, until you are doing it and there is never a perfect time, as perfection is impossible. It’s hard to reach your goals when you don’t take any action to achieve them.

Until you start, no progress will be made. Progress is achieved through action, building momentum and course correcting along the way. If you want more in life whether that’s a new business, healthier lifestyle or to take up a new hobby, you have to go and make it happen!

Get started and let 2019 be your year!