You might have some big dreams. In fact, I hope you have. You probably have something you want to accomplish in this world, and if not, I hope you’ll find something you want.
However, the dreams can grow so big that you feel overwhelmed just thinking about them.
Funnily enough some big dreams become overwhelming only when you start trying to plan them in order to make them less overwhelming. Suddenly, the fuzzy desire of starting a business turns into a frightening list of hundreds of things to do and learn and make in order to just get started.
And then, something all too familiar happens: You seek information (probably on the internet) and read a lot and you learn a lot but end up getting extremely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of differing information. And analysis paralysis kicks in. So you do nothing, feeling that your dream is bigger and more unreachable than ever.
But however overwhelmed you might feel, the best way to get ahead truly is to get started. If you don’t know where to start and feel overwhelmed by your big dream, here are four steps to get from overwhelmed to on your way:
- Make a list
Make one giant, unconquerable, messy list of all the things you need to do to get this dream up and running. Write down all your action steps, the ones suggested by one blog, the ones suggested by your mum and everything in between. Write down the huge, necessary steps and the little extras. Everything from “get business cards” to “quit day job” can be on the list.
- Make a wish
Go back to your original dream, the big, crazy one. Really envision it. Figure out what it is that you want to do. Get really clear on what you want, how it looks, how it feels. Make sure you include a few hours on Pinterest or make a mood board or something that can ground the vision in reality. What you need is to be able to close your eyes and see yourself clearly, living the dream in as much detail as possible. It probably should make you smile.
- Find a reason
Now that you have the to-do-list and the vision, figure out your why. Figure out a very specific reason why you want to have that vision. How do you hope to feel? What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to help? Answer the question “why are you doing this?” on paper at least 10 times and then choose the version that fires you up most and put it on your vision board.
- Make it happen
Now that you have your vision board plastered above your workspace with your why clearly visible, it’s time to get to work. Choose ONE thing on your long list – it doesn’t matter if you think it’s the most important one, just choose one – and do it TODAY. Ignore the rest of the list for now. When you’re done with that one thing, repeat.
This is a sure-fire way to envision and work your way out of analysis paralysis. As soon as you get going, you’ll have a much better feel for what’s most important. And you might find that some things on your list are more or less important than you thought. In this way, you won’t see massive, organised progress at once, but at least you’ll see progress. And no matter how small, progress is progress. Plus, once you get going, it’ll be much easier to keep the momentum up.
Remember: you can always alter your course once you’ve set off, but it’s no use to keep altering your course while still in the harbour. Get to work and get underway. As Marie Forleo says: “Everything is figureoutable”.