Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! If you ask me the easiest way to start a project, I will tell you to do one thing: start the project! If you ask me the easiest way to read, I will simply tell you that the easiest way to read is to read. Someone asked me how to overcome sleep and read in the night, I told him to simply get up in night and be determined to read no matter how tired he is. It’s as simple as that.
A lady asked me how to know whom to marry, I said “Well, just make up your mind and marry one of your suitors.” Confused, she replied, “Are you saying I should not pray about it?” “Well,” I continued, “I didn’t say that, but after all your prayers, you must make up your mind and say yes to one of them!” The only way to accomplish a task, is to start. Preparations and planning are very important, but they can never produce any result until you step out and take action.
Action precedes action. That’s the law of nature. Nothing starts itself, not even the dozens of mechanical gadgets we use daily. Your air conditioning system helps to cool your house and your car, but you must select (take action) the temperature you want. Your car shifts gears automatically only after you have set the right lever.
“A young branch sales manager for a door-to-door sales organization explained how he trained his sales force the “mechanical way” to start each day earlier and more successful. There is a tremendous resistance to the door-to-door salesman, as any one who has ever sold house to house knows. And it is hard, even for the veteran salesman, to make the first call in the morning.
He knows the odds are pretty good that he’ll get some pretty rough treatment before the day is over. So it’s natural for him to put off getting started in the morning. He will drink a couple of extra cups of coffee, maybe cruise around the neighborhood awhile or do a dozen little things to postpone that first call.
I train each new man this way. I explain to him that the only way to start is to start. Don’t deliberate. Don’t postpone getting started. Do this: just park your car. Get your sample case. Walk to the door. Ring the bell. Smile. Say ‘Good morning,’ and make your presentation, all mechanically, without a lot of conscious thought. Start making calls this way and you break the ice. By the second or third call, your mind is sharp and your presentations become effective.”
That’s the only way to make your life count. The easiest way to abandoned a project is to postpone it. The easiest way to kill your passion or interest towards a particular assignment or project is to keep shifting the day you will act on it.
A humorist once said the most difficult problem in life was getting out of a warm bed into a cold room. And he had a point. The longer you lie there and think of how unpleasant it will be to get up, the more difficult it becomes. If you can just throw off the covers and put your feet on the floor, you will defeat dread.
The point is clear. People who get things done in this world don’t wait for the spirit to move them; they move the spirit. They don’t wait to feel like taking action, they take action. They don’t wait to be inspired, they inspire themselves. They don’t wait to be praised, they praise themselves.
One of the best ways to accomplish an assignment is to pick that thing you like to do least, then without letting yourself to deliberate on or dread the task, do it immediately! Don’t think about how difficult it was the last time you tried it, just step out and start doing it.
As I writer, I know that writing is one of the most difficult things to do in life. Many years ago, I discovered that thinking about how difficult writing is will kill my passion towards it. I stopped thinking about the difficulty in writing and just write when I want to write.
In some cases I usually pick up my IPad or laptop and start writing. That was how I wrote this very article you’re reading this morning. I didn’t feel like writing, but the moment I forced myself to write, ideas of what to write started popping up on my head.
Stop planning to start a project, kindly start it. Planning is good, but action is better. I have always maintained that we have a very short time on earth, the earlier you face your assignment with the tenacity of a bulldog the better for you. Stop thinking about that assignment and start acting on it. If you take the first step, the rest will become easier.
The only way to build a house is to clear the site and start the project. There is no other way to propose to a lady that to walk up to the lady and propose to her. Don’t be afraid of rejection, just do it. The only way to write a book is to pick up your device or your notepad and start writing. The only way to establish a business is to establish it. You will definitely make some mistakes along the way, but you must take that important step.
The only way to become a sports star is to get up from that seat, pick up your training kits, and head straight to any academy or sports center in your area or state. The only way to graduate from the university is to start the process of gaining admission right away. You cannot become a graduate until you gain admission into the university.
Some ladies are afraid of marriage because of pregnancy and childbirth. Unless you want to become a nun or to remain single the rest of your life, but as long as you have the vision of getting married, you must be ready to get pregnant and go through labour pain. Go ahead and get married and face it like a lioness. Don’t let fear keep you in your parents house forever! Just do it!
Bradley Whitford opined, “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on earth.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” John F. Kennedy puts it this way, “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” Dear friend, we make our choices and the choices we made will turn around to make us. Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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