Weekly Challenge: Start Something

Dream girl

Dream girl (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

YOU. Yes, you. I have a challenge for you.

 

Every week, I’ll post a challenge. It can be about anything, on any topic. They will challenge the way you think, the way that you see the world. It will make you think, forcing you to step back and reevaluate. In the end, you may find that it will change your world.

 

Today’s challenge: Start Something

 

Anything. It doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to mean much. The point is, it means something to YOU. You’re doing something.

 

Always wanted to start a business? Start collecting inventory. Start researching, planning. It may be a few years before you can start the business itself, but at least when you do, you’ll be prepared.

 

Want to start a cause? Start small. Do a fundraiser and collect donations for cancer patients. Join marathons and a relay for life. Volunteer at another organization to gain experience and knowledge.

 

Want to go to school? Start researching now on whatever your major is. Read all you can on the topic. Think of it as your prerequisites. Study, read, prepare.

 

We all have a “someday” dream. We think, “Someday I’ll…” Fill the blank with anything. Start a business, take that trip, do some activity.

 

Problem is, someday dreams tend to stay someday dreams. They’re too huge, too far away. They’re out of reach. We tell ourselves that “Someday…” but then wake up to find that someday has already gone. While you were dreaming about that day, life had flown by.

 

Missed opportunities. Life is full of them. Many of these have to do with our someday dreams. Too busy looking at the far-off dream, we miss the chance of its beginnings.

 

Start by doing something small. Maybe one day, you’ll find yourself doing more. Maybe, just maybe, your dream will be within reach.

 

Mocking Dreams

We all have dreams. Little, mixed-up pieces of mismatching puzzle, thrown together in a blender called Life, churned with bits of job, sports, and sudsy dish soap. These pieces get all blended together until they come out with sharp, jagged ends that rip into your soul until, tired of the tears, you bury them beneath a layer of solid work schedules, where they remain reinforced with steel bills that remind you you’ll never have the capital.

But here’s the thing. You don’t need it. You don’t need the gobs of money and whatever else just to start that dream. It doesn’t have to be shiny and gilded, shnazzed with the latest pizazz and glitter. It doesn’t have to be the best technology or need the best sign. It just needs YOU.

YOU are what makes a business. You are what gets it going, gets it off the ground. All you need is a start. All you need is a stepping out and the courage to fly.

“It’s not possible. I don’t have….” Fill in the blank of what you don’t have. Money. Material. Supplies. Okay, maybe you don’t. But you know what you do have? Time. Resources.

See, there’s things you can do to get it started. Even once you do have $10,000 in your pocket, what will you do with it? And there it is- before you start, you need an idea. You need a plan.

That’s what this time is for. Research. Learn. Find out all you can about running a business and how to make it succeed. Take a bookkeeping class, learn about tax records and auditing. Begin networking and building your contacts.

By the time all this is done, you’ll be ready. Start building, just one step at a time. One nail, one hammer, and build your city of your dreams.

It isn’t overnight. And to be honest- you’ll never reach that plane. It will always be out of reach, little more than a glimmer on the horizon, mocking you.

Your dreams mock you. Are you going to let them win? Or are you going to get up and take them by force, make them YOURS? That’s for you to decide.