A few weeks ago I published a post called The challenge I use to push people who want to start blogging, and it did quite well. I was thinking about that post, and I found that I use that process to challenge people (including myself) who want to start doing something, and pretend to keep doing it.
Whether you want to start a blog, a project, company or something that’s worth, you’ll get the benefit of this five step challenge.
So here we go:
1. Commit before you start.
The idea here is to use your time wisely. That means that if you’re going to do something, do it until the end. If you have to quit do it before you start. There’s no reason to start something and quit in the middle. Make the painful decision before you start and commit yourself. (See more in The Dip)
2. Find your edge.
The only way to become successful in a world full of options and noise, is to be remarkable. Because people choose whatever it is, by far, the best option. And you do that when you go to the edges. Narrow your focus and find a niche where you can go deep and dominate. Remember, no niche is small if it’s yours.
3. Do something today.
Most people say they want to do this, or do that, but few of them actually do something. The first step is almost the hardest. It’s like running, you don’t start doing it until you put one foot ahead. So, right now, pick a post-it and write down three small tasks that would get you closer to what you want to do. They don’t have to be big tasks, they can be small ones. Because the idea is to put one foot ahead and then the other one.
4. Make a public commitment.
Sometimes the last point is not effective by itself, so you need a little nudge to do the work. So in order to keep moving your feet, you need to make your intentions public. For example, right now I’m about to launch a book (on September 12) and to be honest, I still have a lot of work to do. However, I knew that if I didn’t have social pressure I would probably skip the date. So I told people the launch date and I made it public on my networks (and many people did it too.) Therefore, there’s no way I can skip that date. So push yourself and make a public commitment you’d regret if you don’t deliver.
5. Get into the habit of shipping.
This idea is simple. Once you get into the habit of shipping your work, it gets easier to keep going. Just like Jim Ryun said: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Go. Get started.