It's June, and I wonder how many 2014 New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside. In the euphoria of new beginnings and the anticipation of a fresh year waiting to be stepped into, we make promises to ourselves to change - anything, everything. It doesn't matter what that eager pledge was. But if you've found yourself almost halfway through this year and nowhere closer to achieving your goals, perhaps it's starting that you have a problem with.
Planning is great. "Proper planning prevents poor performance," I once heard a professor quote. But if your planning becomes the be-all-and-end-all of your mission; if you can't start until everything is "perfect", you'll never begin.
Mark Hughes, the founder of Herbalife - a nutrition company - once said that sometimes you have to fire then aim. He explained that the most well-intentioned distributors got nowhere because they were so focused on aiming first that if that "aim" wasn't flawless, they made no attempt to fire.
How does this translate to everyday life? Let's say you want to lose weight. Your plan of action is to accomplish this through diet and exercise, but you want to make sure that you are properly prepared. So you start researching the basics about nutrition: what to eat; what not to eat; the whole business of calories; what's a serving size; how many fruits and vegetables are required daily; how much fat and protein should be in your daily allowance; and don't forget those pesky carbs; understanding nutrition labels; how often you should eat; how to rehab your refrigerator and pantry...sheesh!
And that's just the start. You still have to figure out this exercise business, and with the plethora of websites, apps, opinions, and recommendations to weed through of course you have to figure out the best workout plan to fit you! And until you find one and decide on it you're not budging!
Mark Twain once said, "The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Just start exactly where you are. Conditions do not have to be perfect for you to get going, regardless of the project! But I promise you, you will make choices based on the mindset that you're not as yet ready to cary out your plan, and if you believe you're not ready, well, you're not gong to behave as though you are.
An old Chinese proverb, "Every journey begins with a single step," rings true, but you'll never finish if you don't start!
Stop staring at your objective through that tiny hole in your sight, and start firing! You'll hit some things, miss a few, but at least you'll be practicing. And as you hone in on your target, your "aim" will improve. Soon you'll be hitting the bulls' eye dead center.
Start now. Start today. If not, then when?