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

Katie Corbett holds the book, "The Power of Who"

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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To get Things Done, Form “Team You”

Katie Corbett holds the book, "One Minute Millionaire"

By Katie Corbett

Let’s go back to right after I learned all about how to become a millionaire. I bet you’re wondering what the first step was that I took. I had just learned what was possible, and knew I wanted to get there. In the meantime, I had bills, student loans, and credit card debt. The best thing to do seemed to be to get some money coming in. I focused on that with everything I had.

In “The One-Minute Millionaire,” by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen, it is pointed out that getting rich takes a team. I started viewing my friends, family members, and acquaintances as members of Team Katie. I never dive into anything, be it job, side project, or hobby that will take an extended amount of commitment, without at least one other person to work with. As I continued my job search, I reached out to friends, former professors, and former internship bosses and let them know I was looking for a job. Once I changed my mindset to viewing these people as team members, I had less anxiety about asking them for help, since everyone on the team wants to see the team succeed.

I’ve gotten several job leads, interviews, and even the jobs themselves, because I knew someone at the company, had help making my résumé look stellar, or wasn’t afraid to ask for an introduction.

What individuals would be on your team? In what ways can they support you? How will you go about asking for their help? Write all ideas and names down on a sheet of paper or in a blank document on your computer. You can evaluate everything later. Pick the first thing you want to start with and do it.

Doing one thing each day that will get you closer to your goals will guarantee you make progress each day without burning out. Take it one step at a time, and remember that your team is there to help you and cheer you on. And if someone stops cheering for you, or actively tries to tear you down, they no longer get to be a part of your team. Surround yourself with those who believe in you, and you’ll accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

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Feeling Stuck? Just Do the Next Right Thing

Katie Corbett holds the book "Perfectly Yourself"

By Katie Corbett

If you’ve ever had a big dream, you’ve also likely had a feeling of anxiety or downright fear that you couldn’t accomplish it. In addition to using the “Fear-Setting” technique developed by Tim Ferriss, I have also found that continuing to move forward is the best way to push passed that fear. Getting started can be the hardest thing you will ever do.

In his book, “Perfectly Yourself,” author Matthew Kelly says that just doing the next right thing is a great way to hold yourself accountable to your goals and keep yourself on track. I have especially found this to be true whenever I’ve felt stuck. Some questions I have used to plot my next move are:

• Where do I want to go? What is my end-goal?
• What is the next step I can take to move me closer to achieving my goal?
• If I don’t know the steps, what can I read or who can I talk to in order to find out?
• If I don’t personally know anyone who has achieved this dream, how can I find such a person?
• If I do know what my next step is but want help, who would be the best person to help me?
• What is the next specific action I can take now to move forward?

When I started my garment project, for instance, I knew that my first step was defining what I was going to create. I knew I needed a seamstress, but didn’t know anyone personally who could help. Then, my first step became finding such a person. I reached out to some friends and to some local entrepreneurial groups on Facebook, seeking recommendations. That was it. That was all I did before I considered this project started. That was the next right thing. After that, the momentum of thanking those who had given seamstress recommendations and reaching out to the seamstresses they recommended was all I had to do. From there, the ball kept rolling.

What is your big dream? What is the next right thing you need to do in your life? Often, we already know what the answer is, and all we need is to take action to get started.

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