The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Effective dreamers are starters.
They understand that their dreams, visions, burdens and plans are useless until they get started. There is no way around it. For dreams to be fulfilled, starting is required.
The following are three areas that effective dreamers absolutely master when it comes to starting.
1. Effective Dreamers START OVER.
Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but the ability to start over.– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Distractions. Obstacles. Failure. There are many reasons why, in starting well, one might need to consider the idea of starting over.
But as difficult and humbling as beginning again may be, it is not near as difficult as living with the regret of a dream unfulfilled.
As the late Aaliyah once so beautifully sang, “If at first you don’t succeed then dust yourself off and try again.”
2. Effective Dreamers START SMALL.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
– Chinese Proverb
Effective dreamers avoid the temptation to commit themselves to activities that they cannot sustain over a long period of time.
They realize that, in the end, the fulfillment of their dreams will come not as a result of major investments of their time made sporadically, but more as a result of simple disciplines executed day in and day out.
They are very aware of the one or two habits that they can commit themselves to that, over time, have the greatest impact on their dream becoming a reality.
3. Effective Dreamers START NOW!
So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin. – W. Clement Stone
Effective dreamers understand that the world is waiting for their masterpiece to be revealed! There is an understanding that though much time will pass before their ultimate work is completed, there is no better day than today to get the process started!