How to Start Anything: The Beginner’s Manifesto

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” -Buddha

I always say the hardest part about doing almost anything… is the first minute.  Whether it’s working out, practicing your craft, starting a project, etc., just get one minute into whatever it is you want or need to do and watch it take off!

Whether we are talking about the first step in an exercise program or new diet, the first step into a new business or career, or even simply… taking our first step in life… we just need to start.  You can’t climb the staircase without taking the first step.

I thank Scott Dinsmore for sharing the following today…

The Beginner’s Manifesto:

  1. The hardest step is the first one.
  2. It’s also the smallest, and often the simplest.
  3. Momentum is more powerful that we realize. But the snowball won’t roll unless you give the first push.
  4. It’s hard to start, but it’s even harder to stop once we’ve started.
  5. Start something small every day. Watch them pile up.
  6. Choosing not to start is choosing to fail.
  7. Find a reason that makes it worth it.
  8. What will happen if you don’t begin? What might you miss?
  9. Make the first step so small it’d be impossible not to take.
  10. The only thing standing between dreaming and beginning, is you.
  11. Start first. Think later.
  12. If you don’t start, nothing else matters.
  13. Most the fear comes from anticipating the start.
  14. Most the fear disappears once you begin.
  15. Don’t leave the sight of an idea without doing one thing to get it closer to reality.
  16. Say no to something that doesn’t matter, so you can start one thing that does.
  17. Possibility cannot live until you begin.
  18. If you don’t start, you can’t finish.
  19. Starting is what builds a bridge, creates a business, loses 100 pounds, writes a best-seller. Starting does it all.
  20. Starting is what changes the world. It’s the only thing that ever has.
  21. Everything starts by starting. When is now a good time?

It all comes back to that first step.


The Creator’s Manifesto

I came across this yesterday and shared on my social sites.  It is an amazing list to read… I have done so 4 times thus far.  I wanted to share it here as it is truly powerful & inspirational.
Have an amazing day!
The Creator’s Manifesto:

create |krēˈāt|- verb : Bring (something) into existence. Cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions.

1. Build things that only you are capable building.
2. Don’t take inspiration for granted. When it hits, stop everything to capture and create.
3. Learn what inspires you – the people, the movies, the music, the books. Then spend every second you can around them.
4. Ideas appear in the strangest places. Pay attention.
5. Creation comes in every form – relationships, food, art, music, prose, products, services. Notice what you create. What people ask you for. Give that all your energy.
6. Know your limitations. Build what you’re best at. Leave the rest for others.
7. There are so many ways you can spend a day, but making new things and adding real value are the only ones that really make a difference.
8. Stop wasting your time.
9. Sitting still is the most dangerous action of all.
10. Welcome the skeptics. Build it anyway.
11. Creativity comes natural or it must be learned. Either way you’re on the hook to build something that matters.
12. The sooner you can create, the better.
13. Every screwup gets you closer to your masterpiece. Make mistakes as often as you can. Start falling.
14. Everything is progress, as long as you’re doing something to build upon yesterday’s art.
15. If those around you are killing your creativity then change whom you choose to hang around.
16. Constantly ask: How can I make what already exists even better? What are other people not doing?
17. Embrace the process. Forget about the end result. You never get there anyway. Find comfort in knowing that the process is all there is.
18. The goal is not to build what you think people will buy. It’s to build what you feel you must, and help people so much they want to pay you for it.
19. When it doubt, make something. Anything. That’s always the next step.
20. It starts with a single word. A sketch. A conversation. An idea. A tune. A note.
21. Stop worrying so much about what others think. They don’t do it that much anyway. Do what feels right.
22. Ask how. Ask why. Ask why not.
23. Things don’t get created while on Twitter, Facebook or when nose-deep in emails. They happen out of the office, away from the Internet, out experiencing the world – be it a crowded bus or an empty field across the world. Get. Out. There.
24. Don’t let a day pass without creating something new. No matter how small.
25. Start each morning pursuing an idea.
26. Do less reading and more creating.
27. You have something in you worth building. We all do. Put your head down to make it come to life. We will thank you for it.

We have so much more inside us than we give ourselves credit for.
You can lay bricks or build a cathedral.
Stop holding back.
– Scott Dinsmore