Updated: Jan 16
In this article, I offer some tips and techniques that I use to break down big projects and make them more manageable, especially at the start. If, like me, you struggle with initiating a new resolution or goal, this article might help you take the first step toward making your 2021 dreams come true! Read the first article in this series entitled 2020 Recap: From Fearful To Fearless here.
The First Step
For me, taking the first step on any new project is the hardest part. This is especially true if I know that the project will be difficult or time-consuming or if I’m unsure of what it entails. In these cases, I almost always procrastinate. For example, when it came to publishing a children's book, I sat on the dream for almost a year without taking any action. This was partly because I didn't know what action to take and partly because I suspected that publishing a book was going to be a lot of work, especially since I was starting from scratch. (Spoiler: I was right!) I knew that chasing this dream was going to take time and energy away from other things and that I was ultimately going to be held accountable for seeing it through (due to the finances involved). As a result, getting starting was difficult and scary, and it took me a while to finally go for it.
How did I finally get started? Unfortunately, I don't have a magical formula or extreme shortcut to success. For me, it has all come down to ACTION! Over the last year, I have taken a series of small, incremental steps toward making my dream come true. It hasn’t been quick or easy. There has been a steep learning curve, and it has required a lot of time, effort, and help from others; however, that's been a small price to pay, and the journey has already been worth every bit of it.
For me, it has all come down to ACTION! Over the last year, I have taken a series of small, incremental steps toward making my dream come true.
So, what actions did I take? Below are some strategies that I used to get started on my goal. My hope is that they will help you begin to work toward your 2021 goals or resolutions so that you can achieve more this year.
1. Officially commit to the goal.