Your Future Self Will Thank You For What You Start Today

Video Transcript:

What have you been dreaming of starting? What have you been putting off? What idea have you been eager to make a reality? What action have you known in your gut you want to take? Now let me ask: what are you waiting for?


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Sometimes it’s good to wait, such as when you’re  waiting for the extra money from your tax returns to invest in something promising instead of  digging into your emergency fund or worse, debt. But most things are put off to their detriment. Too often we wait for a time, a circumstance, a moment that may never come, when we really  should be making life happen every single day.

Starting today, starting now, is one of  the best things we can do for our dreams,   for it makes us get over that fear of starting in the first place! Start writing. Start reading. Start  studying that subject. Start making   those calls. Start reaching out. Start asking. Start those exercises. Start that blog. Just   start — because nothing else matters if you don’t! But there’s also the matter of starting properly — another pitfall many trip themselves up in.



In a world that’s obsessed with instant fame, instant success, instant money, instant  everything, it’s become harder to start something new without either feeling like a  failure right off the bat or never getting into   the flow because of unrealistic expectations.

Unrealistic is not a word I like to use often, since what most people think is  realistic is the same old boring, mediocre life, but at the same time, starting  something new — investing, a sport, a craft, a   skill — and then expecting to be a quick guru like  so and so or to expect things to be effortless   because that’s what X or Y person on YouTube did, is an excellent way to start something you’ll   never follow through and never finish.

That sort of perfectionism is a sure-shot way to fail. Have you ever gone to the gym   and felt disheartened when you saw how fit and robust some other people were? Have you ever tried something new and  felt embarrassed when you messed up? Have you ever faced rejection  while pursuing your dreams? I have. Yes, yes, and yes. I bet you have  too, to some of these, at some point. We have to think beyond this! We have to press  beyond this!



Call it a barrier to entry. Call it a challenge. Starting is one part, and then  starting in a way that doesn’t burn us out, but rather plants the seeds  of consistency, is the other. How do we do the latter? Part of this is getting over comparison. Yes, that means starting that blog no  matter how it compares to Mashable.

Part of this is getting over  the pervasive “get rich quick”   and “young money” fetish society has. That means  not losing hope when you’re not showing off Lambos on Instagram at X age or Y stage in your life.

Part of it is getting over your own expectations. Yes, it’s good to have those, but don’t be  so rigid that if you don’t meet them you eviscerate yourself. No! Expectations, as John Gorman wrote, can be a sort of hell.

Instead, when you fall short, know you’re growing. That’s  all that matters. That you’re getting better. “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat  on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again. ” — Richard Branson.

This is a simple video, it’s a  simple idea, but frankly success is   simple — it’s just not easy to follow through on. Embrace imperfection. Embrace falling short. Embrace the inherent ups and downs of the journey. Stop being a victim of your high expectations.

What you start now, however small, however  imperfect, however much it doesn’t measure up to   someone else, just might become something massive in the years to come — but only if you start, and only if you start in a way that keeps you going. In the end, your future self will thank you for what you start today, instead of leaving  it for him or her to start a month, a year, or a decade from now.

Invest in yourself. Invest in your future. Invest in your capacity to have an impact. Invest in your own potential  to create something beautiful. Part of the key to success is just  starting — action trumps everything.

Another part is in starting  properly — so that you keep going. Your life is a beautiful gift, an opportunity  that encompasses all other potentialities. It can be ridiculously awesome, and you can make that happen, starting now.

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