I hate to start new things. It's so damn hard to start. For me, it's probably the hardest thing out there. Every time I want to start something new I struggle hard. Really hard. I try to procrastinate as much as possible.
I love ideas. I love writing down all of my ideas. I'm an idea hoarder. I have dozens of notepads lying around with big ideas for blog posts, books and businesses. I even have a list of places where I want to live in 2015.
I'm afraid to publish my ideas, to share them with others. I'm afraid that people won't like them. I'm afraid of rejection. So I don't start working on them. Most of my ideas will remain ideas forever.
What I realized over the years is that starting is usually the hardest part. Having ideas and thinking big isn't the problem for most of us anymore. The problem we have is finding a way to start over and over again. And then to finish and ship it.
So here's what I learned over the past years about how to become better at starting things:
Break your big projects down into many smaller parts and ship.
- Implement a consistent feedback and reward mechanism.
Consistently getting “rewarded” through positive feedback gets you in the habit of starting and shipping things.
Your mind and body will release endorphins and start to associate starting & shipping with something good.
Negative feedback will automatically lead to more starting because you want the endorphins to kick back in.
Repeat. Then you'll get in the zone of constantly wanting to start and ship new things. Now you're in starting mode (always).
That's how you get sort of addicted to starting things and ultimately overcome your fear of starting and shipping things.
Your body will crave its new found drug. And once you stop starting, innovating, creating and shipping things it's like a cold turkey. You won't be able to take it.
Just like a drug addict your mind and body will push you to get your magic substance. You start. You create. You innovate. You ship. You repeat. Your mind and body needs it.
This holds true for pretty much everything. Starting new relationships, finding new friends, starting a business, writing a blog, writing a book, etc. You need to get into the zone.
Everything I write, say or do is me trying to get addicted to starting things. To get into the zone. To get into the habit of consistently starting things. To get over my fear of rejection.
It's a pretty damn hard and long process but it's the only way to unlearn what we've learned during the past few years and decades.
Decades of people (teachers, professors, bosses, etc.) telling us what to do. Decades of doing the same things over and over again. Decades of optimizing processes and replacing humans with machines or technology.
Today, these processes can barely be optimized anymore. Human productivity can't be increased anymore. People are pushed as hard as possible until they burn out (or are being replaced by technology).
People have become interchangeable assets.
What we now need are people that create completely new processes and completely new ways of doing things.
We need to create new things. And to be able to create new things, to overcome our constant fear of failure and rejection we must become addicted to starting things.
That's the only way...