Why it's important to just start!

So, you have an idea and are very excited about it.  You can't wait to get started, so you begin to do lots of research.  After looking at other businesses or blogs related to what you want to do, doubt starts to set in.  After looking at their blog, you think, wow, their photos are amazing, I'm not a photographer and I don't think I can ever get my photos to look that good.  Or, they are very good with words, I could never write like them.  Then you might start to wonder if your ideas are as great as you originally thought they were.  Before you know it, you are no longer as excited and wonder what you were thinking in the first place.  Does this sound familiar?

You don't have to have it all figured out in order to get started.  I think a lot is meant to be figured out as we go.  I certainly didn't have everything all figured out before I got started, and I still don't.  I try to remember that the mistakes I make along the way will eventually help me grow and become better at what I am trying to do.

One of the things that I sometimes get stuck on is moving from doing research to taking action.  It's good to do some research, but if you don't act upon it, what's the point.  The key is just start.  Start blogging, start taking photos, start making videos, start writing an e-book, just start doing what you want to do.  It's really as simple as that.  You don't have to have it all figured out before hand, you'll learn as you go.

I think so many people have ideas and don't follow through with them because they wait too long.  The longer you wait, the more likely you'll talk yourself out of doing what you were so excited to do.  You might start to think you don't have what it takes, or that your idea isn't that great after all.  Unfortunately I think a lot of great ideas don't happen for this reason.

Another thing I think happens a lot is that we compare our beginning to someone else's middle.  When we get excited about a new opportunity or idea, the first thing we do is research it.  The problem with this is that sometimes when we start researching, we start to think to ourselves, someone else is already doing this, why should I?  Or, they really have an awesome blog, and their photography is amazing.  I don't think my blog will ever look this good.  So, as time goes on, this self-doubt really starts bringing you down.  Before you know it, the idea you had is no longer exciting to you and you don't take that next step to move forward.  We need to realize that, the person whose blog or website you checked out, also had to start from the beginning and over time they got better at what they did, just like you will if you decide to follow through with your idea.  Do your research, but try not to let it get you down.  Realize everyone has to start somewhere.

Perfectionism can also put a huge delay in getting started.  A lot of times I think we want to get everything just right before putting it out into the world.  I agree with what you put online should be well thought out, but sometimes it comes to a point where it paralyzes you and stops you from getting anything done.  When this happens I think it's good to take a step back and realize that what you put online can most of the time be fixed or enhanced in some way or another over time.  When I publish a blog post, I get nervous, but then I realize, I can always make an edit later, or add or delete something if it makes sense later on.  Plus people understand that we are all human and we are going to make mistakes once in a while.  It happens to us all.  The best thing to do is just get the content out there and do the best you can with what you have today.  If you wait until it's "perfect" the day might never come.  Have fun with it and don't take it all too seriously.  This should be fun, not stressful!  I really hope that this post gives you some of the motivation you need to get started today.

"I don't regret things I've done. I regret the things I didn't do when I had a chance."