How to Start Anything: Make an Honest Commitment

Many times the hardest part about making a progression in our careers, pursuing our dreams, and becoming who we are meant to be is the act of starting. We can get caught up in our minds over thinking, rethinking, and second guessing ourselves. By imagining the outcomes and building them up in our mind, we exaggerate the expectations and leave ourselves frozen from taking action. Other times we push it off saying we’ll get to it someday. Sometimes we do actually take the first step, maybe even a few. But we eventually peter out and go back to our old lives.

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.

-Steven Pressfield

If you want to become a writer, you have to sit down and write. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you have to put in the hustle. If you want to become a comedian, you have to write joke after joke after joke.

We see the mountain we have to climb, we sometimes might even know the steps it takes to climb it, but we stand there gazing saying “tomorrow, for sure”. We fail to make the commitment to ourselves that we will not stop once we start.

What makes marketing work? If you were looking for a one-word answer to that question, that word is commitment. What makes a marriage work? What makes a business work? How do you finish running a marathon? Commitment is the answer, and all the winners know it.

-Jay Conrad Levinson

There are over 2 million blog posts released each day. Most of them will never be seen and soon those blogs will be abandoned. The bloggers failed to make the commitment for the long haul and expected immediate payout. This could be said for entrepreneurs with a business idea, artists with half finished work, and writers with piles of unreleased notes. To be successful in these fields, you have to have a fire within you that will not falter when faced with resistance.

To make an honest commitment to yourself, you have to be honest about the journey ahead.

Things you will face:

  1. Criticism
  2. Failure
  3. Fear
  4. Isolation
  5. Self-Doubt
  6. Rejection
  7. A Slow Start

It would be silly to start out on an unconventional path and expect it to be easy. Fully know and understand what you are signing up for. So when you do inevitably face these blocks, you are prepared and will not waver. Remember, you are making a commitment to reach the top of the mountain; a mountain you created in which no one has climbed before you.

This is my public commitment that I will show up everyday and do the difficult work. That everyday I will act in the face of fear despite my terror.

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