“Ready or Not, Here I Come; Mastering the Art of the Start”

“Just do it already! What are you waiting for?” This is the way I have awakened ever since I thought of my dreams, goals, and ambitions. Day in and day out, I conjure up this redundant phrase in my head. Despite me asking myself this dead onset question, I still didn’t have an answer. Even worse, I still hadn’t done “IT”.

Procrastination comes in many forms. For instance, it can come in the form of fear, consuming you with thoughts doubt. It can come in the form of complacency, persuading you with a mirage of comfortability. Procrastination’s most common form is laziness. Being lazy prevents you from accomplishing anything and only enables you to keep putting things off.

One day, I arose and without a shadow of a doubt, I knew I didn’t want to continue holding myself back. I no longer wanted to be the reason I hadn’t fulfilled my purpose. Now, I wouldn’t be your Home Girl if I didn’t share with you how I was an am going to tackle this toxic trait. Below is a set of steps that I found conducive to this particular process.

Step 1: Wake up earlier! The early bird REALLY does get the worm; or the goal, or the task, or whatever it is you desire.

Step 2: Create a to-do list BUT set a DEADLINE. I cannot tell you how useless a to-do list is if you NEVER do any of it. Make it clear when those tasks have to be completed by.

Step 3: Post your tasks/goals where you can see them! Ever heard the saying, “out of sight, out of mind”? It holds tons of value which is why you need to PUT IT IN YOUR OWN FACE where you can see it and in time, cross it out!

Step 4: Tackle your most intimidating task first! You will hate doing it but will love getting it done, trust me.

Step 5: Find an accountability partner. Sometimes a little micromanaging can be a good thing!

With the assistance of these tips, I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in my productivity. I mean, I’m waking up before the roosters now so I’ve got complete solitude in the mornings to think, plan, meditate, and even complete a task or two. Finishing the projects that require a little bit more effort first relieves a significant amount of tension and frees up time to do more. Having someone in your corner to push you along the way really helps. Whether it’s a parent, friend, sibling, as long as they are aware of your goals and your efforts, they can motivate you to reach higher!

Being for real Homies, this can be “your season”. This can be your chance to “get out your dreams”. You have to start though! You have to try every day with every ounce to get where you want to go. You have to “Master the Art of the Start”.

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