How to Conquer the Hardest Part of Any Project: Getting Started

By Katie Corbett

When I decided to work on my garment project, the hardest part wasn’t figuring out the design, nor was it finding the right people to work with me. The biggest challenge was getting started. Of course, the first step to accomplishing anything is starting in the first place.

In “The Power of Who,” Bob Beaudine says that one of the qualities of a successful person is pushing past whatever holds you back and beginning. Here are some questions I have found helpful to reflect on when beginning any new endeavor:

• What is causing my hesitation?
• What is the absolute first step I need to take in order to start?
• What materials, skills and abilities do I already possess?
• What materials, skills and abilities do I still need?
• Where can I obtain what I need?
• Do I need to bring anyone else on board in order to begin?
• Where can I find the people I need?
• How will I track my progress, successes and learning experiences throughout the life of the project?
• What systems can I put into place to keep my enthusiasm alive for this project?
• What will I do if my time, energy or enthusiasm changes as I work on this project?

Answering these questions, either on paper or in my head, assists me in determining the steps and scope of an upcoming project. I hope they will help you, too.

What new projects are you starting? I would love to know. Feel free to leave it in the comments. Don’t be afraid to begin! You can do it!

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