Getting started is sometimes the hardest part of a worthy endeavor. Writing this blog, for instance, has been a long time in the making. It’s not because it’s been an epic journey to write a few paragraphs. Strike that. I suppose it has been an epic journey even if it has been a struggle in my own mind. Hundreds of doubts and concerns congeal into a sticky mess. I’ve been slimed.
Armed with a secondhand Ghostbusters Proton Pack particle accelerator, let’s identify some of your nasties, blast them, and store them in a little box. All the while being careful not to cross the streams. Here’s a partial list to help identify your excuses, no matter what you want to start.
- Who am I to give advice to anyone? I’m not good enough.
- I’m not an expert. When I become an expert, I’ll start.
- They told me I need 10,000 hours of experience first. I don’t.
- If it can’t be perfect, I don’t want to do it.
- I’m too ________ (fat, old, young, etc.)
- I haven’t found my true passion yet.
- I was told I’d never amount to anything.
- There is too much competition in that area.
- I know what I’m talking about, but I don’t know everything. I’ll start when I know everything.
- ______ (my parents, the church, the school, my friends, etc.) wouldn’t approve of what I want to do.
- I’ll start when ______ (the kids grow up, the mortgage is paid off, I get a new house, I get a raise at work, etc.)
- There’s so much I know. What should I start with?
- There are too many things I’m interested in. I don’t know what to pick.
- When I get enough information, I’ll start.
- The people that really know me will think it’s all a lie.
- What if I fail?
- What if I’m exposed as a fraud?
- I don’t have enough ______ (money, time, support, etc.)
- I’m told to “Fake it until you make it.” Isn’t that lying?
- Change is scary.
- I don’t feel like doing it.
Identifying why you are not getting started may be the first step of your journey to something new. What is holding you back from getting started? Make a list.
I’ll address some of these excuses at a later date.
Remember, as your little box of nasties gets full, know that at any time a jerk will come around and shut the power grid off. Then you have to round them up all over again. It’s a never-ending process.
Todd Roberts is a multi-passionate, award-winning filmmaker who helps people tell stories for marketing and entertainment. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he uses a solopreneur approach to best serve his clients throughout the world. Todd can help you meet your goals by refining your story for your ideal customer or audience.