Always, Always & Forever Be Starting…….
It’s amazingly helpful. Here’s why. 3 points:
1. Be a Starter
I’ve learned some new terminology from my unbelievably adorable 6 year old niece. She doesn’t say someone is a beginner when they are a beginner at something. She says they are a “starter.”
We were playing witches and I didn’t understand potions very well. “Are you a starter?” She asked me. (And then she offered to do the potion for me because it’s more fun for her if she does it — and is the expert on it — not me.)
We are all beginners at stuff all throughout our lives. It’s an awful lot of work to try to pretend to know everything.
Lay down the effort of perfectionism. Give up the divisive need to be an expert. Let a six-year-old lead. It’s fun, and loving, and may help other people develop teaching skills, leadership skills, and strength in their autonomy.
There’s magic in being a starter.
2. Every Day is a New beginning
Yes, it’s a cliche. But also, just basically true. It could be boringly true. But maybe it could be true in a non-boring way.
An example: yesterday I fell off the wagon. Today I’m getting back on. It’s a start.
Another example: yesterday I didn’t fall off the wagon but kinda did a crappy job at my project. Today is, non-judgementally, another chance.
Opportunity! Yay! Every day could feel like non-heavy, spacious opportunity.
Every day really does provide a new chance, perhaps enthusiastically, perhaps practically, perhaps calmly and self-compassionately.
My girlfriend used to tell me “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” She would say it to me often. I estimate she was about 75% joking, and 25% serious.
It was a tease with a core of truth.
Every day is an opportunity to forgive yourself, take a practical step, and smile.
3. The “Day One” Attitude.
The “Day One” attitude in the entrepreneurial world embraces the notion that beginnings embody the best of us and the most possibility.
On day one we are the most open, creative, driven, and hopeful. So, why not make every day Day One?
With this view, we move well passed the notion that “It’s never too late to start” to the idea that it’s impossible to be too late or too early to start because every day is the start of something.
Don’t forget day one. Keep it with you.
What will you start today?