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Jump In: 9 Ways to “Just Get Started

March 02, 20243 min read
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Often in life, we find ourselves harboring dreams and aspirations, yet we often succumb to the pitfalls of hesitation and self-doubt. Whether it be the fear of failure, the tendency to overthink every detail, or the elusive quest for the "perfect time," we inadvertently defer our goals, sometimes indefinitely. The truth is, opportunities seldom wait for all the stars to align. They present themselves amidst the chaos, urging us to cast aside our apprehensions, seize the moment, and embrace the challenges that lie ahead.

The mantra “Just Go For It” embodies the essence of plunging into the unknown, stepping beyond the familiar confines of comfort, and pursuing our dreams with unwavering determination. Here are my 10 compelling reasons why embracing this philosophy could be the catalyst for transformative change, urging you to take the leap into the uncharted territories of possibility.

  1. Set a Micro Goal: Break down your larger objective into smaller, more manageable tasks. Setting a micro goal provides a clear and achievable starting point, making the overall journey seem less overwhelming. Celebrate these small victories as they accumulate.

  2. Establish a Routine: Incorporate your new endeavor into your daily routine. Consistency is a powerful motivator. By allocating a specific time each day to work on your goal, you create a habit that eventually becomes second nature.

  3. Visualize the Outcome: Envision the end result of your efforts. Visualizing success not only fuels motivation but also helps to clarify your objectives. Keep a mental or physical image of your goal as a constant reminder of what you're working towards.

  4. Don’t Overthink: The more you dwell on potential challenges, the less likely you are to start. Combat overthinking by acknowledging the uncertainties but not allowing them to paralyze you. Embrace the unknown, understanding that action often brings clarity.

  5. Seek Accountability: Share your intentions with a friend, mentor, or accountability partner. Knowing that someone else is aware of your goals creates a sense of responsibility. Regular check-ins provide encouragement and ensure you stay on track.

  6. Embrace Imperfection: Understand that the first steps might not be flawless, and that's perfectly fine. Perfectionism can hinder progress. Embrace imperfections as part of the learning process, and let them propel you forward rather than hold you back.

  7. Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection: Celebrate each step forward, regardless of its size. Acknowledge your efforts and the progress you've made, reinforcing the positive momentum. By focusing on progress rather than perfection, you build confidence and motivation.

  8. Don’t Let “Other People's Opinions” Weigh Heavy on You: Often, external opinions can cloud our judgment. Just going for it requires a steadfast commitment to your own beliefs and aspirations, disregarding unnecessary influence. By trusting your instincts, you maintain control over your narrative and stay true to your authentic self.

  9. There's Never a Perfect Time to Start, So Why Not Start Today: Procrastination often stems from waiting for the "perfect" moment, which may never come. Just going for it means recognizing that there's no ideal time to start; the only moment you have control over is today. Seizing the opportunity to start today ensures you don't delay your journey toward a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

"Just Get Started" is a mantra that holds the power to transform dreams into reality. The key lies in overcoming the initial inertia and taking that crucial first step. Whether your goal is to lose 10 lbs, start a business, train for a marathon, or read 40 books this year, the principle remains the same—just get started.

So, what are you waiting for?

Just get started and let the journey unfold. Whether it's in the pursuit of personal wellness, entrepreneurial endeavors, athletic achievements, or intellectual growth, the transformative power of action begins with that initial leap. Your goals are within reach, and the path to success starts with the decision to take that first, deliberate step forward. Embrace the journey, relish the progress, and let the act of getting started propel you toward the fulfillment of your dreams.

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Laura Navaquin

Laura Navaquin, a former corporate professional of nearly 20 years, transitioned to real estate investment alongside her husband, Joseph. As the founder of the Inspire Her Foundation, she dedicates herself to empowering youth through education, skill workshops, and mentorships, inspiring them to pursue their dreams. A sought-after speaker, Laura passionately promotes confidence-building and encourages individuals to fearlessly chase their aspirations, regardless of size or distance. lauranavaquin.com www.toinspire.org

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