I don’t know who needs to hear this, but there’s a journey waiting for you, a path only you can tread, a dream only you can fulfill. It’s time to start it. Start now.

In a world that often feels like it’s spinning too fast, where dreams can feel out of reach, and obstacles loom large, the simplest yet most profound advice you can embrace is to just start. It sounds deceptively simple, doesn’t it? Yet, therein lies a power immense enough to transform lives.

Start Small, Dream Big

Remember, the grandest journeys begin with the smallest steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the tallest oaks grow from tiny acorns. Starting small isn’t a compromise; it’s an acknowledgement of the reality that every big accomplishment is a series of small achievements. When you start small, you give yourself the space to grow, learn, and adapt without the overwhelming pressure of needing to succeed on a grand scale right from the outset.

Embrace the Learning Curve

When you start, be prepared to be a learner again. Every journey is a new education. You will encounter situations you’ve never faced before, tasks you’ve never done, and challenges you never anticipated. Embrace this learning curve with enthusiasm and an open mind. Remember, mistakes are not failures; they’re just part of the learning process.

Get Lost to Find Your Way

It might sound counterintuitive, but sometimes, getting lost is how you find your way. Starting something new can lead you down paths you never anticipated, through experiences you never expected. It’s in these uncharted territories that you often discover aspects of yourself and your dream that you never knew existed.

No Time? Make Time

One of the biggest reasons people cite for not starting is a lack of time. The truth is, time is often less about availability and more about priority. Starting with no time means making your dream a priority and carving out moments from your routine to dedicate to it. It’s about making the most of the little pockets of time you do have.

Fear and Doubt: The Unlikely Companions

Fear and doubt are not signs that you shouldn’t start; they’re simply part of the process. Fear keeps you alert, and doubt keeps you grounded. They are your unlikely companions on this journey, reminding you that what you’re doing is significant, challenging, and absolutely worth it.

Criticism: The Unwanted, but Valuable Gift

You will face criticism when you start. Not all of it will be constructive, but some of it will be invaluable. Learn to filter out noise from advice that can genuinely help you grow. Use criticism as a tool to strengthen your resolve and improve your path.

Start Where You Are, Not Where You Wish to Be

You don’t need to be in a perfect place to start. Start where you are, with what you have. Your circumstances might not be ideal, but waiting for the perfect moment often means never starting at all. The perfect moment is now.

Connection: The Invisible Network

Starting with no connections can seem daunting. But remember, every influential person you admire started off as an unknown. Networking isn’t about having connections; it’s about building them. Start by reaching out, engaging, and being present in the spaces where your interests lie.

The Next Step is Yours to Take

The next step might be unclear, small, or seem insignificant, but it’s yours to take. It’s an affirmation of your commitment to your journey, a sign of your willingness to move forward, despite not knowing the entire path.

Just Start It

Finally, just start it. There’s a magic in beginning that can’t be replicated by planning, pondering, or preparing. It’s a leap of faith, a declaration of courage, an act of belief in yourself and your dreams.

So, to you who’s reading this, wondering if you should take the plunge, the answer is yes. Start your project, your business, your book, your journey of transformation. The world is richer for having your dreams in it. Your journey is your story, a story that deserves to be told, a journey that deserves to be undertaken.

As you embark on this path, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Decide to be someone who started, who tried, who dared. Your future self will thank you for the courage you showed today.

So, take a deep breath, and step forward. Start it. Just start it.

Prof. Dr. Prahlada N. B
25 January 2024

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