Got a Project? This Helps You Make a Successful Beginning

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Give yourself a successful beginning.

You’re in the right place for a powerful tip to create a successful beginning for any plan or project. It’s simpler than you might think.

As we’ve often written here, time boundaries are vital. They help you give shape to your priorities as you make them real. But time boundaries don’t actually help answer the question of how you can make a successful beginning.

Zeroing in on the hard part…

So, what happens within those boundaries of yours, when you want to start on a project or priority?  How do you start?

It’s the toughest moment in any project or activity — taking that first actual action step. Despite mental rehearsal and preparing the optimal environment, the first step is a big challenge for many people.

Some traditional planning tools.

Approaches vary from one person to the next. Very often, experts will advise starting with an outline. But for very complex projects this may not be easy. And an outline can be particularly confounding when it comes to defining the first step of a project.

Other people highly recommend a Zero Draft. This is much like brainstorming in that you simply start writing, not thinking about spelling, format or structure. Once you have something on the blank page, the thought is that you’ve got raw materials that can then easily be edited and organized.

These approaches may be helpful for shaping your project. But neither helps you clarify your first step so you can make a successful beginning.

Try this for a successful beginning.

Instead, begin your project by defining desired outcomes.

Identifying your goal allows you to effectively visualize the overall result. You don’t become mired in the topics you need to address, the resources you must consult, or the specific methods you will use. This definition of desired outcomes becomes the framework of your project. In fact, once the outcomes are defined, you can work backwards to lay out the needed action steps, ending with your beginning.

How does this help?

You are engaging in a form of goal setting that is flexible. You avoid false starts, going off on tangents, or feeling obligated to follow traditional steps in order to achieve your optimal results.

Try it today.

Give yourself permission to define the desired outcomes in terms of what you want. This automatically activates your powers of visualization. You are creating a picture of what you plan to create.

If you are willing to experiment with this alternative you’ll begin your project with the two most useful states of mind: “awareness” of what you want, and “flexibility” in how you achieve it.

In summary: Experiment with this alternative approach. The creative focus you develop through this process will enhance your success.

More help for making a successful beginning.

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast? Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities are or how to make a successful beginning on them? Well, a time tool that I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you to follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

Let’s explore time together…

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