|Start Small and Grow Big|
Virtually every one of us at one point or the other has put off starting a project simply because we felt the conditions to implement such projects are not perfect enough.
Few weeks ago I was discussing with a friend about a project I was planning to implement. In the course of our conversation, he also shared with me a project he had in mind. He made me realize that if only he could get a certain gadget which he believes would aid the rapid advancement of his dream project, that the sky would be his starting point. But the reality is that he does not have the money to acquire the gadget, and there is no hope of having such amount of money soon. This implies that he may eventually give up on the project as a result of not having the financial resources to get the gadget.
From deep observation, I have found out that one disease that keeps most starters in stagnancy and obscurity is the disease called “if only”. This disease is characterized by the habit of tying the possibility of doing the things we want to do with factors outside our control. I am sure you have come across people saying such things as if only I have a good source of income, I would be married by now, if only I have the capital I would start a business, If only I can get that text book, I would make an A in the test, If only my parents are rich, I wouldn’t have been suffering this way.
The true is that our exalted conditions (excuses) are not the factors holding us back, what is holding us back is what we have but don't know how to use.
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“The biggest dog was once a puppy.”- John Mason
Starting small requires courage. The key to growing big is starting. If you don’t start, you will remain where you have always being. To start small and grow big, you need to be aware of some truth and steps that will serve as a guide to attaining your wildest dream. Some of the steps and basic truth include the following:
1. Define exactly where you are going: Real success does not come by accident or chance; it is a product careful plan, backed by action and persistence which does not recognize failure. To begin you must have a clear picture of where you are going, and map out your plan of how you are going to get there. The essence of this is to avoid being a victim of missing the mark or target as you progress on your journey to becoming a bigger you. If you don’t know where you are going, anywhere you get to remains your destination.
2. Accept that you must do what you have to do in order to do what you want to: One basic truth you have to know as a starter is the fact that you have to do what you need to do in order to do what you want to do. A typical example is the case of a young graduate who had a dream of starting his own business, but lack capital. He didn’t sit down whining and complaining. He went ahead to look for menial jobs, worked for some months, raised money for his business, quitted doing menial jobs and launched his own business. If you are on the verge of starting business and complaining of no capital,one thing you must have in mind is that raising capital is part of the process.
3. Start with what you can do: You don’t need to start focusing on things that are beyond your control on your journey to the top. Think of what you can do, and begin from there. Most successful people started from the bottom.
4. Do not compare yourself with those who have arrived: At every point in life, you are a either starter, a striver or an arriver. One of the main reasons why people find it difficult to start small is because they are trying to compare themselves with the arrivers. What we often fail to realize is the fact that the so called arriver or celebrity started from somewhere, most often with nothing or very little resources. Their current result is a product of many years of relentless hard work. Never allow their achievement to make you fill diminished, instead be inspired by how they started. Begin your own journey; keep moving.The journey maybe long, you too will definitely arrive.
5. Be focused, determined, and consistent: As you begin your journey to success, people will bring series of ideas your way that are completely different from where you are heading. You must make up your mind in advance never to give in to such distraction. If you must get to your destination, you must remain focused, determined and consistent.
6. Keep the big picture in view: as you keep moving never lose sight of your ultimate destination. On your journey to your destination you will find yourself in places, conditions and circumstances that have no reflection of where you are going or who you want to be. Keeping the big picture in view will keep you going and focused.
7. Read books: If you must get to the top, you must be an ardent reader. Books will expose to you the numerous challenges the arrivers encounter on their journey to success and the strategies they applied in overcoming them. You can always learn from their experiences to fast track your journey.
8. Encourage yourself: On the journey to success or growing big, you will encounter many obstacles and defeats. There will be time when all your energy to keep moving will be drained completely by adversity. It is at this period you need to be your own best friend, success coach, counselor and motivator. Without the ability to encourage yourself, I doubt if you can attain an incredible feat. Encouraging yourself is one of the basic skills you need to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt understands this better when he said, “the boy who is going to make a great man or is going to count in any way in the after-life, must make up his mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
Finally, what is that project you have been postponing? Consider the resources you have currently at your disposal and think of how you can start small. Despise the shame of a little beginning and chase your dream.
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