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.