By Leo Babauta
I ran across a friend who’s been dreaming about starting his business for years … and he feels stuck.
Like many people who want to start a business, write a book or a blog, or launch some other kind of creative or entrepreneurial venture … he’s stuck in overwhelm, indecision, inaction.
I’m going to share a simple technique for overcoming these difficulties and taking action on your business, book, organisation or other venture sooner. It takes just 20 minutes.
And it could change your life.
How to Overcome All the Obstacles
But first, let’s look at what stops people from taking action — and how we might overcome these individual obstacles:
The 20-Minute Technique
OK, let’s get to the technique you’ve been waiting for.
First, I’m going to assume you have a business idea, project, book, blog, non-profit organisation you want to start, something like that. If not, go pick one. Then come back and try this.
Second, I’m also assuming you are doing this business or project because you care deeply about something. You want to serve people. You’re not doing this just to make yourself look good or make money (those might also happen, but your reason goes deeper). If you don’t have this deeper reason, someone you are devoted to … take an hour outside in stillness and silence to look within yourself. What moves you to tears?
So this technique assumes you have the first two things above covered.
Now here’s the technique:
You’ve now launched your business or project. You have taken a tiny step, and that’s all that it takes to get moving. Now keep moving. Repeat these steps several more times, and notice how much progress you’re making. Let that encourage you to keep doing this, every single day, calling on support when you need it, reminding yourself of what you care deeply about, serving your people with all of your heart, feeling the uncertainty and being joyful in the middle of that shakiness.
This is your love story.