Posted by Todd Smith
My wife and I appreciate a good cup of coffee. We love
trying new blends, learning the flavors that belong to specific regions, and mastering the art of perfectly steamed milk. This is my beautiful attempt at latte art:
A couple weeks ago, we heard about a coffee shop that recently popped up in town. It was open only on Fridays and Saturdays. We were curious and decided to check it out.
When we walked through the doorway, I saw what looked like an abandoned office space: cold and cracked concrete floors, sparse walls, and folding chairs. An espresso machine, coffee machine, and around two dozens mugs sat neatly on top of a couple cheap tables.
Despite lacking the usual makings of a hip coffee shop, the place was packed, and the coffee was, as we had already assumed, fantastic.
The owners had a dream to open their own coffee shop. They didn’t wait for a permanent space. They didn’t wait until they could afford sturdy, handcrafted wood furniture. They didn’t sit idly by until the stars aligned. They stepped out, eager to test the waters, and the community loved them for it.
Do you put off pursuing your dreams until the timing seems just right? Do you say things like this?
I can’t run a marathon because I just don’t have the hours to train. There’s no way I can pursue that business venture until I have $100,000 in start-up capital. I want to record music, but I can’t because I don’t have access to a studio.
When you finally decide to make a small leap into the direction of your dreams, you:
You might be waiting for your stars to align when you actually have the ability to move the stars yourself.
Anyone can dream, but few will put in the work to see those dreams come to fruition. Dreams give an illusion of ambition without the discomfort of risks and effort. Dreams are safe in your head. That’s why few dreams ever see the light of day.
Here are eight tips on how to make the first steps toward your goals:
It’s time to stop making excuses. You don’t have to wait until you quit your job to start that side business: work on the weekends. You don’t have to wait until your schedule opens up to train for that marathon: use those 30-minutes and train for a half marathon. Taking those first steps might be terrifying, but you won’t know until you try. Take that first step: success might just be on the other side.
Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you start pursuing your goals and dreams, because things will never be perfect! Just do it!
Todd Smith is a successful entrepreneur of 34 years and founder of Little Things Matter. To receive Todd’s lessons, subscribe here. All Todd’s lessons are also available on iTunes as downloadable podcasts.
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