Here’s the thing. You don’t have to have a big plan or invest a lot of money or create a lot of personal publicity around whatever goal it is you want to achieve. You know better than anyone else why you want to achieve whatever goal you’re considering–so stop considering the goal and start working toward it.
First thing, don’t worry that your goal isn’t good enough. It’s your goal and it’s perfect. For you. Perfect for the life you lead and given all the unique events and variables who have got you to the unique position you are in right now…and no one else is in that exact unique situation, so only you have are in the position to decide. But I am telling you this: your goal is good enough.
You can spend as much time as you want to thinking about or rationalizing or doing things that prevent you from moving forward. Just start doing something you think will help you move forward. For instance, if you want to exercise, start exercising. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by extremes. Too often we see extremes (ideals?) and think “I’ll never…” Two things: 1) Do you even want to? and 2) How do you know you can’t? (If you can predict the future maybe you should be out buying Powerball tickets…)
Secondly, stop thinking and start doing. Better yet, think and plan while you do. Stop making excuses. Start. Go for a short walk around your neighborhood or a local mall. Find an inexpensive gym and join. Plug in that old treadmill in the garage and get on it. You know what your goal is and what the obstacles are. So break the goal up into pieces small enough to squeeze them between the obstacles or lift them over them. But no excuses. No more sitting.
There’s a great saying I heard when I first started running. “No matter how slow you go, you’ll always lap the person sitting on the couch.” And remember how true that is. Small steps are steps and steps of any size move you toward your goal. If your lifestyle or budget or other constraints put your goal far out in the future, that’s ok. But if you don’t start moving, you’ll never get there.
This is a little bit of a loftier quote, but I find it motivating nonetheless. As a rule I often find that the words of other people help keep me motivated, focused, and positive:
“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you’re going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.” –Marilyn Grey
So get up and go. Lap the guy sitting on the couch. You got this!