How many times have you stopped dead in your tracks when attempting to do something new? You feel stuck in time and space due to fear of failure or a lack of belief in your ability to succeed.
Most of us pray for a lightning bolt of confidence to unlock us from this frozen state. What we don’t often realize is that taking that first step – acting, moving, doing something – will bring the confidence we crave.
That is because action builds confidence; and confidence builds more action.
Right now, you might be thinking, “But, I don’t know what to do. I’ve never done this before.”
Of course, you don’t know what to do. Trust that you'll learn the way along the way.
If you start doing what needs to be done before you feel ready to do so, each step forward will teach you how to proceed and succeed.
Think back to your first job, or even your current work. When you started out, did you know and understand how to do everything you know and understand right now? No. You learned how to do what needed to be done, by way of doing it. You took action.
Stop believing you need to know how to get from A to Z before you take the first step. You only need to know how to get from A to B, then B to C, and so on.
By accomplishing small steps or tasks, you begin to build momentum. Momentum puts you ‘in motion’ towards your goal. It builds progress and creates confidence. It helps you believe you can achieve what you’re setting out to achieve.
Developing an intentional plan around large goals and objectives can greatly assist in breaking down what might appear to be unmanageable into manageable-sized steps.
My ‘go-to’ practice for this is very simple: I keep a running ‘to-do’ list.
I took on one of the largest goals of my life this year. I set out to write a book, record a CD, and get both independently published and released ALL within a six-month timeframe.
At the onset, that goal seemed impossible. I’d never written a book, recorded a solo album, or released a double project into the world. I knew zero about the process or how I was going to get it done.
The only thing I could do was take it bit by bit, piece by piece. I didn’t have a map, or a mentor. I could only see so far ahead at any given time. In fact, sometimes I could only see a few hours ahead or just one day. The thing that kept me going was my daily routine of list making.