For the majority of my life, I waited for the right moment. I blamed my inability to achieve something on not having the right tools, enough money or even the right people!
This mentality followed me through high school, college and even my professional life. I kept waiting for the right moment to arrive, and my dreams and goals were left to collect dust in some corner of my mind.
I was very aggressive when someone asked me about a project that I flaunted years back and always had a comeback to defend my behavior and my failures.I waited long enough and slowly the spark and my interest in a particular project faded away.
I even defended myself in my thoughts. It was like I didn’t want to accept that I am an idiot to think that the right moment is yet to come. I was so self-absorbed that I missed thousands of ‘right moments’!
Sounds familiar, its because most of us fall prey to this mindset.
The ‘I don’t have this, so I can’t do that’ Mindset
How many of you have a pending project or a goal that you planned months or even years ago, and have not started because you think you don’t have the right resources?
I am guessing a lot of people have this issue.
- I don’t have a camera, so I can’t become a Photographer.
- I don’t have a laptop, so I can’t become a Writer.
- I don’t have a script, so I can’t become a Filmmaker.
- And the list goes on and on, forever.
Trust me, you will never have the right tools or the right people, and if you keep waiting, you will end up with pending dreams. You had the potential, and you had the talent, but you waited for things that you don’t have!
This dependency on things that you don’t have is nothing but an excuse! And over a time you get so used to making these excuses that you start believing that you cannot do what you were meant to do just because you don’t have the things that you think you need!
You don’t need things, you need Will
The truth is that you don’t actually need things that you don’t have to achieve your goals. Sure, those things will definitely make your tasks, your craft better, but you don’t need them to get started.
The secret to being an achiever, to be successful and to be a game changer is that all you need is your WILL!
Yes, that’s all you need to get started and get going.
Think about it, if you want to be a photographer, you can start with mobile photography and use the tool that you already have your phone! If you want to be a writer, all you need is a pen, paper and the will to write. Well, some people even prefer writing on their phones!
If you want to become a filmmaker, all you need is to know where and how to point the camera and what to film. You can do that with your phone!
Just start, and the things will fall in place
We all have everything we need to get started, we just make excuses to procrastinate on our goals because that is more convenient!
You want to become someone, just start. I know taking the first step is the most challenging thing to do but trust me it only appears difficult.
Let me give you an example, you have a project at work that you know you need to complete. Before starting you make up your mind that it’s going to be a complicated project. You keep pushing the project until the deadline is near. But once the deadline is close and you know the only way out is by getting in, you start the project. Surprisingly, now the project doesn’t seem as difficult as you thought it was. You burn the midnight oil and meet the project deadline.
Now, just like that project, everything else is waiting for you to start. Once you do, you will get it done. You will achieve what you were meant to, and everything that you dreamt of will become a reality.
Only if you stop waiting and just START DOING!