I have to admit that I am a bit of a statistics geek.
I love reading lists of statistics, so when the Cricket World Cup is on (go South Africa!), I am constantly entertained by the statistics of the games. And of course, cricket is a game filled with statistics.
Last night, I was browsing through the batting stats and I had a look at the highest scoring batsmen of the tournament so far. Not one person on that list of 20 was playing for any of the top teams.
Now I have my theories on why that is and some cricket experts (like my husband apparently) may disagree with me.
I think that the really good teams do not have one good, huge hitting batsman who keeps the team’s score up. They are more likely to have consistent batsmen who persistently score well – sometimes slowly and surely.
Then this morning, my son was having a bit of a freak out because he was unhappy with his test results. The discussion ended up with him saying that he thought that his marks were not great because he tended to rush his tests because he was anxious to complete them just to get it done and finished.
So of course, I had to give him a lesson on how effective batsmen don’t rush to score big because they are more likely to be caught out.
That got me thinking about how often we get so stressed about reaching deadlines or achieving goals that we rush into it at full speed without really thinking things through. And then we end up with burn out and feel like we are back at square one, often feeling exhausted and resentful.
Sometimes we really want to get somewhere or achieve something but we are afraid to start in case we fail; or we don’t even know where to start; or perhaps we have such big lofty ideas that we intimidate ourselves so that we can’t even get going.
Take it slowly, one step at a time.
But start! You don’t need to have a plan that takes you all the way to the end, you just need to know you have to do to start.
Just do one thing, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, to get started.
It may be as simple as buying a journal to keep your ideas in or a pen to do the writing.
When I mentor small businesses, I encourage them to print business cards or set up a website even if they feel that they are still a long way from being up and running. It gives them something concrete to look at and say “Yes! This is my business!”
Keep going in small steps.
You will get there!