Starting something new can be exciting and turn into frustration for many people. It’s exciting to start a new project, exercise plan, career, or anything special; however, frustration can develop in the early beginnings of starting something new. Frustration can develop due to high expectations of wanting success NOW instead of trusting the process to success. These are the results of a “microwave” society; we want instant success instead of slow-cooked, marinated, flavor-rich success.
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ―Meister Eckhart
Trust the magic of the beginnings. Trust the goings and movings of the process to reach the desired destination; staying in the correct lane and going at one’s pace. The problem occurs when we look to other people, their progress, and their outcomes instead of focusing on what we are doing. Frustration enters the mind and we expect ourselves to succeed when we’ve just started.
We have to first begin a thing before we can succeed a thing. Here are a few steps to starting, enduring the process, and keeping the focus:
1) Begin… Start NOW.
2) Be patient in the process.
3) Celebrate the increments for each step taken and achieved.
4) Create a support group of family, friends, buddies, and/or other goal-minded individuals with similar motivating and driven goals; this support will give encouragement and accountability along the process.
5) Remember to keep going–even if there’s a start/stop/start again process in between–no matter what occurs.
6) Keep the focus on the goal.
7) Believe in the process and the goal to be achieved.
8) Never give up.
Daily reminder to post on a vision board or place on the wall:
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ―Meister Eckhart
Learning to pace and trust the process,
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)