So you’re ready to cause something to happen, but you don’t know if you’ve all the obstacles you’ll face along the way? Let me assure you… you haven’t.
I recently heard an illustration on John Dumas’s Entrepreneur on Fire podcast where the guest stated that waiting to identify all obstacles before starting a new venture would be like planning a trip from New York City to Los Angeles , but waiting for all lights along you route to be green before you started. That scenario will never happen, and as a result the trip will never begin.
Sometimes in life, although not very often, we know all the steps and obstacles before we begin a new venture. For example, an educational pursuit where we know before we start all the courses and cost required before we earn a certificate, degree, or professional credential. Everything has been laid out. We must simply follow it.
There will always be objection and challenges in anything we pursue that is worthwhile. Before beginning a new challenge the goal is not to determine and solve every objective before starting. That will NEVER happen. If you attempt to do this, you’ll never begin. Earlier this week I received a “Tip of the Day” email from Matt “the Do Over Guy” Theriault of the “Your Do Over” podcast that contained a though on this topic that really resonated with me. It said,
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. Travel as far as you can see, and when you get there… you’ll see more.”
This is so encouraging, and so TRUE! What the message screams to me is that if you know the direction you want to go, with your destination fully in mind, then take the first step! Begin with the knowledge you have. As you advance further in the direction of your goal, you’ll learn more. You’ll see more of what you need to do as you simply begin “doing”.
Be encouraged! Instead of being immobilized by fear and worry over what you don’t know, begin advancing with what you do know. After you’ve been doing this for a while, be sure to take a moment to look back and reflect on what you started with, where you are currently, and the knowledge you’ve gained along the way. Then set your gaze ahead and let the journey continue.
Be excited by what more you’re about to see!