Or the agony; take your pick. Sometimes it is fun to jump into a project, while other times the initial enthusiasm is met with a crippling paralysis due to the many, many choices we are presented with any time we want to do anything new.
So you want to take up yoga? How do you choose between the 25 different yoga studios (or videos) and variety of styles available? How about starting a blog? There are a seemingly infinite amount of choices in font, color, layout, images, etc.
Thinking about moving somewhere? Good thing there are about a bazillion things to consider when even just thinking about the prospect of moving. And once the actual time to move comes around, how is a person to plan and coordinate the thousands of tasks required to move a household, even if it is just down the street?
In short, I have spent a moment or two of my life feeling entirely, completely overwhelmed beyond belief of what to do next in any endeavor. That might have something to do with why I have had such an agonizing time starting to post to this blog that has been my dream for over a year now.
There is good news though: the only person who can stop us from taking the next step towards our dreams is ourselves. I have known this somewhere in my brain over the past year, but then somehow sleep would overcome me and I would go and take a nap or do some other task that had nothing to do with my dream, because I felt too paralyzed to make the choices required to move forward.
Then I have to ask myself: so what if I fall on my face? I think that is the first step in starting. I have recently been able to (surprisingly) take steps forward in my own personal productivity, and feel like I am getting a grip on my life…finally.
I know there is no “there”, but for me “there” has come to be a place where I am really living my own life, and growing and learning new things everyday. If you are going to grow, you have to start somewhere.
What have you been thinking about starting but just feel too overwhelmed by the myriad choices out there? Share your thoughts below, and join the club! We can get started together. Namaste!
photo credit: Lee shoothead