How to Start Something New and Get It Done

We’re all exceptional at making plans.

Unfortunately, we often fall short when it comes to actually complete tasks.

You’re probably wondering how to start something new AND go through with it.

When we decide to start something new, research shows that a lot of things come into play.

People worry about what they don’t know.

People fear that they will fail.

People are also afraid of embarrassment.

Voices in your head tell you things like, “It’ll never work” and “It’s so hard,” and then you start to wonder, “If I don’t do it now, will I ever do it?”

We all know when it’s time to make a change because we get those clear and loud signs.

And then ask not just how to start something new but also when.

It’s best to think that NOW is the best time to start something new.

Therefore, how can you determine if something is suitable for you?

Try asking yourself this.

Why are we making this choice?

Is it courage or fear?

Keep reading as this article goes through some steps that will help you get ready to start something new and let you take the first step.

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Step 1: Write it down. 

First, write down why you want to start or work on a certain project.

One good mentality is that “if something doesn’t get written, it never gets done.”

Make a note of it and consider your motivations carefully.

Look for both good and bad things.

Listen carefully to what you say to yourself.

Positive: “I’m going to start a blog because I want to build something that could bring me passive income in the long run, and the idea excites me.”

Negative: “I’m going to become a blogger because my current income doesn’t allow me to live the way I want to. Alex, my mean boss, always makes me feel like a worthless trash can.

OR

Positive: “I’m going to start a virtual event because I want to grow my network, following, and email list. This idea gets me going.”

Negative: “I’m going to start a virtual event because everything else I’ve tried to grow my network has failed. Since I’m not an influencer, I’m probably going to fail again. This seems like a LOT of work, too.”

Positive motivations give you the courage you need to follow through on your plans.

Negative motivation, on the other hand, kills your will to live and makes you feel totally empty.

You planned to pursue a specific project just to get out of that crappy job.

It could leave you feeling resentful and listless. 

Then, even though you really want to do a particular project, that terrible feeling lingers and hinders your progress.

Step 2: Make a plan. 

Let’s say you have a new idea but don’t know where to begin.

It would be best to devise a one-year goal and then figure out how to get there in 30–60–90 days.

Your long-term goal is the one-year plan, and your short-term goals are the 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans.

Set small goals for yourself and then work to reach them.

Also, reward yourself every time you reach a new goal.

This detailed planning will help you figure out how much time and work it will take to get your project or business where it needs to be.

This brings us to the next step.

Step 3: Set your expectations. 

Since nothing happens without work, it’s important to set goals.

Try to keep in mind that the things that are truly valuable in life never come easily.

You’re looking to make big changes, you want to improve your lifestyle by a ton, and you think it will be easy?

No, it won’t be, and it never will be.

There’s no way of sugarcoating this.

It’s going to be difficult.

And it’s meant to be difficult because that same difficulty is exactly what makes it great.

So from the start, make sure everyone knows what to expect.

No one else will push you as hard as you will reach your goals.

And to be honest, no one else will care as much about your success or failure as you do.

Some Practical Steps

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Mark the task on your calendar to make sure you do it.

Putting something on the calendar does two things.

First, it helps you remember that your time is a resource you have to use.

Second, putting things on your calendar lets you know about them all day long.

This will help you remember the goal you set for yourself.

These reminders will do a lot to keep things moving forward.

Get a partner to hold you accountable; Tell someone about the task.

Find someone you can trust to hold you accountable and let them know what you plan to do.

Tell yourself you’ll do the task for 5 minutes. This will help you stay on task.

This is a very clever move.

Set a five-minute timer the next time you don’t feel like doing anything.

And make yourself work for five minutes on those things.

All of us can pay attention for five minutes, right?

The trick is that it won’t feel so bad by the end of those five minutes, so you’ll probably keep going.

Promise yourself a reward.

Promise yourself a treat, but don’t give it to yourself until you’ve done what you said you would.

Ask your coworkers to help you finish the job.

We need one another, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

If you can’t get started and don’t know what to do, ask the people around you for suggestions.

It’ll be helpful.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be afraid to start something new just because it seems hard.

As soon as you start, you’ll find your flow and find your zone.

There will be problems and problems to solve along the way.

The key to success is breaking down large projects into manageable chunks and rewarding oneself at regular intervals.

After that, you will start to reach your goals.

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Brooks is an Entrepreneur, Sponge, Father, Husband, & Follower of the Golden Rule. He has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur after graduating with a BSBA in Finance from Auburn University. He’s addicted to growing new business ideas and any food that includes chocolate and peanut butter. Brooks is a firm believer in creating multiple streams of income and creates content here on BrooksConkle.com to help other hustlers in the areas of marketing, online business, personal finance, and real estate.