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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.
How many times have you felt beaten down by an overwhelming list of responsibilities? How often have you told yourself at the 11th hour that would never procrastinate again? How many times have you felt like a deer in headlights when sitting face-to-face with your top-priority project? How often has your perfectionism held you back from moving the needle?
If you grapple with procrastination, if you feel paralyzed by perfectionism, if you put things off, if you find yourself consuming more and more information on a topic (yet never do anything with it)…this could be the most important lesson you ever learn…
The famed humorist Mark Twain is credited with saying, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and starting on the first one.”
Action typically precedes motivation. And often, all it takes is tiny action to help us bust out of a procrastination rut and feeling stuck. Most of the time, getting started is the hardest part.
And frequently, once we push through the first few minutes of resistance, we’re rolling because small actions create momentum. Spending just 5 minutes on one tiny task can snowball into bigger, more meaningful action. Because the action is empowering and satisfying.
The more you act, the better, more inspired, and more energized you’ll feel…and that will feed forward to making you feel more ready, willing, and able to take more action.
The key, as Twain so perfectly put it, is getting started. As Jack Canfield is credited as saying, “You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.”
Twain also said, “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”
In other words, take action immediately, before the chaos of the day takes over, and begin your day by “getting started” on your top priority.
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Hi, I'm Ralph Gregore Masalihit!
An RFP Graduate (Registered Financial Planner Institute - Philippines).
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