“The secret of getting ahead is getting started “ - Mark Twain
Search for motivational quotes for help in avoiding procrastination and taking action, and you’ll see the above quote at the top of the list. The problem is, it doesn’t actually move us any further forward - if we knew how to get started, we wouldn’t be searching for motivational quotes…
What isn’t often shown is the second half of Twain’s quote :
“The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
Much better - it still needs effort on our part (only we can ‘get started’ after all), but there is a useful idea we can use to move forward.
All too often we only scan the surface in search of a solution, but real progress needs deeper, harder work.
And how do we do that harder, deeper work ? Well, it’s all about getting started…